Opposition surprised Quebec Liberals still lead in public support

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WATCH ABOVE: A new CROP poll shows the Quebec Liberals are still leading the pack when it comes to voter intentions despite recent accusations of corruption. As Global's Raquel Fletcher reports, opposition leaders were surprised by the numbers – Apr 21, 2016

QUEBEC CITY – A new CROP poll shows the Quebec Liberals are still leading the pack when it comes to voter intentions, despite recent accusations of corruption.

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“We try not to go in low politics and I think that maybe other parties should look at what is the reaction of the population when using bad tactics,” said Jean-Marc Fournier, Liberal House leader.

The poll, released in La Presse, shows 33 per cent of people questioned would vote in favour of the party in power if an election was called.

“I was very surprised because of all the negative news, but the Liberal brand is very resilient,” explained Youri Rivest, CROP Vice-President.

“I think they’re benefiting from the federal level. It’s a brand, the Liberal brand, and right now the Liberals of Mr. Trudeau are very strong.”

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The Parti Québécois (PQ), got 26 per cent of voter intentions, losing four points since March.

“I’m surprised by the fact that, with all the mistakes, with all the changing minds, and with all the criminal charges against Nathalie Normandeau and Marc-Yvan Côté,” said PQ leader Pierre Karl Péladeau.

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The Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) received about 25 per cent, while Québec Solidaire had 14 per cent.

CAQ leader Francois Legault blamed historic voting patterns for the numbers.

“Many people, especially in the English community, they vote Liberal because they are against the sovereignty of Quebec,” he said.

Couillard, Péladeau and Legault all received 19 per cent support from responders when asked who would make the best premier.