Four in 10 debate viewers think Harper won: poll
The poll, conducted by Ipsos Reid for Global National in the half-hour immediately following the debate, found that 42 per cent of viewers thought Harper won, followed by 25 per cent who thought Layton won. Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff was victorious in the eyes of 23 per cent of viewers, while only two per cent of viewers thought Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe won.
Layton appeared to make the biggest gains in the debate, exceeding the expectations of many Canadians. Prior to the debate, only 12 per cent of people thought he would win. A majority of viewers, 55 per cent, said their impressions of him improved, while only 14 per cent said their impressions worsened.
The pre-debate survey was conducted among 2,615 English-speaking
Canadian adults. The post-debate survey was conducted among 2,365
English-speaking Canadian adults who watched the debate. The poll has an
estimated margin of error of plus or minus 1.9 percentage points for
the pre-debate survey and plus or minus 2.1 percentage points for the
mid-debate survey, 19 times out of 20.