At the start of 2018, it seems the Liberals can still look ahead quite positively. The latest Nanos federal ballot tracking has the Liberals at 40.9 per cent support, followed by the Conservatives at 30.7 per cent, the NDP at 19.5 percent, the Bloc Quebecois at 3.7 per cent and the Greens at 4.8 per cent.
Asked whether they would consider voting for each of the federal parties, 57.3 per cent of Canadians say they would consider voting Liberal while 45.8 per cent would consider voting Conservative.
Four in 10 Canadians (42.2%) would consider voting NDP while 24 per cent and 28.7 per cent of Canadians would consider voting for the BQ and Green parties, respectively.
Nanos tracking has Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau as the preferred choice as Prime Minister at 45.6 per cent of Canadians followed by Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer (20.3%), NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh (9%) and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May (4.1%). Twenty per cent of Canadians were unsure who they preferred.
Two in three Canadians (65.6%) believe Trudeau has the qualities of a good political leader, while 37.5 per cent believe Scheer has the qualities of a good political leader. Four in 10 Canadians (39.5%) say Jagmeet Singh has the qualities of a good political leader, while 37.9 per cent believe the same about May. One in four (27.7%) say BQ Leader Martine Ouellet has the qualities of a good political leader (Quebec only).
With Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh failing to make a connection and impact with Canadians, it seems likely that the Liberals headed by PM Justin Trudeau will have a second term by default.