Poll of Current and Former Canadian Politicians’ Attitudes on the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Political Class
The Manning Foundation for Democratic Education today released the results of an opinion survey of 162 current and former Canadian politicians.
Politicians are largely unimpressed with the ability of their peers in public office to communicate and manage important issues effectively. The negative impression of politicians’ performance was reflective of what appears to be a general cynicism taking hold amongst their peers. In particular, a substantial proportion of politicians think that today’s politicians are most knowledgeable about issues related to their own self-interest - e.g., maximizing personal benefits and the chances of getting elected. By contrast, respondents said that politicians are least knowledgeable in communicating and promoting public policy areas such as energy, resources, the environment and agriculture.