Majority believes Conservatives are doing at least a fair job

Most of the Canadians believe Conservatives are doing at least a fair job steering the federal government, states a poll.

According to the Canadian Press-Harris Decima survey, 40 percent of the respondents said PM Harper’s government is reasonably managing Canada’s finances. Others believe the feds are doing a ‘good’ or ‘very good’ job, and a few feel they are doing a ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ job.

Roughly 1,000 Canadians were asked to fill out the survey form between March 22 and 25. It is stated that the results have a margin of error of 3.1 percent.

“In advance of the federal budget, the public atmosphere appears to be fairly benign. Canadians have maintained a neutral to positive assessment of the handling of the country’s finances,” said Doug Anderson of Harris Decima.

“They are looking for the deficit to be tackled, but tackled over a number of years. One challenge for the government at this point is that while Canadians claim to want spending reduced overall, they simultaneously will identify a number of policy areas where they would prefer spending be increased.”

Later today, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is going to present the government’s financial blueprint for the FY 2012-13 in the House of Commons.

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