Tories generating most interest -- and negativity -- on Twitter

Survey looks at social media interest in week two of the provincial election campaign

The Tories may be getting the most Twitter traction in week two of the provincial election campaign but the majority of it is negative.

That's from an Ipsos Reid survey done for Newstalk 1010's sister stations CTV and CP24.

The numbers show that the Progressive Conservatives jumped in Twitter-interest from 38 per cent of election-related mentions in the first week to 62 per cent.  Fewer people are talking about the Liberals, with their interest dipping from 39 per cent to 25 per cent. The New Democrats numbers were nearly slashed in half going from 23 per cent of mentions to 12 per cent.

And while the Tories are the most talked about, it's not necessarily for the right reason, with 6 in 10 of their mentions being negative. The Liberals part of the debate was 35 per cent negative. The NDP are the only party that received more positive mentions at 31 per cent than negative at 28 per cent.

President of Ipsos Reid Public Affairs Mike Colledge says most Twitter users are younger and left-leaning, which can explain the high negativity towards the Tories. He says the 15 per cent of those in the debate who are offering new ideas will likely be the ones who get out there and vote.

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  1. Roshanna posted on 05/20/2014 02:30 PM
    Since the Liberals are indefensible criminals and the NDP are effectively their accomplices, it's clear that this province needs change if we're going to survive.

    The Ontario PCs are that change.
    1. Guido posted on 05/20/2014 03:09 PM
      @Roshanna you're insane! get yourself some help
    2. Roshanna posted on 05/20/2014 03:16 PM
      @Guido Billions in wasted taxpayer dollars, with the support of the NDP, and countless concessions to redundant, under-worked, already-overpaid public sector unions. How is anything the Liberals have done while in office defensible?

      The only good piece of legislation they ever put out was the Putting Students First Act, and they repealed it themselves instead of strengthening and enforcing it.
    3. tanjo posted on 05/20/2014 03:19 PM
      @Roshanna Ontario is a tree with diseased branches. The smart thing to do is to prune the diseased branches.

      The Liberals have spent the last 5 or 6 years painting the diseased branches green and hoping you don't notice.

      The NDP have been laying a healthy

      Hudak want's to come in and cut them all off. After all, you still have the trunk! He's already got his chainsaw out and revving.

      Sometimes that works. The tree could grow back stronger. Or the tree could die.

      The thing is ... Hudak has never used a chainsaw. He's tried the weed whacker and fumbled badly. Chainsaws are dangerous. I can't trust someone with a chainsaw if they fumble the weed whacker.

      How about we give him the lopper first, and see how he does. I trust him with a lopper (look it up).

      Or better yet, find someone who already knows how to use a chainsaw.
    4. tanjo posted on 05/20/2014 03:23 PM
      @Guido Roshana is just another incarnation of the "choice is clear" guy. He counteracts the "Hudak is from Walmart" guy. Between the 2 of them, they seem to account for 90% of the recent board posts.

      Just assume they are just the Liberal / Conservative mouthpieces on the board and your blood pressure will go down immesurably.
    5. tanjo posted on 05/20/2014 03:26 PM
      @tanjo Oops. Didn't finish my NDP thought.

      NDP have been laying a healthy layer of .... fertilizer ... all around the tree. After all, that's all you have to do, isn't it? It's so natural! Just lay a healthy layer of ... fertilizer.
    6. Jack posted on 05/20/2014 03:52 PM
      @tanjo So, in your tree scenario, who is qualified to lead the province? The people who are ignoring the problem, or the person who understands that cuts need to be made and plans to do something about it?
    7. tanjo posted on 05/20/2014 04:27 PM
      @Jack None of them. Leadershipwise, we are in a bad situation.

      Right now, I am hoping for a Liberal minority that will trigger a PC Leadership review, get someone more rational in there. Then declare a non-confidence motion at the right time and elect a PC majority at that point.
    8. Jack posted on 05/20/2014 04:35 PM
      @tanjo That still involves a continued Liberal government, with the NDP still backing them up; a coalition government who will continue the same harmful behaviour they've been engaged in for years. Better to spoil your ballot than to put an X next to the Liberal candidate.
    9. Alex posted on 05/20/2014 05:17 PM
      @Roshanna HA HA HA!!!
      The Conservatives in the Senate and the Conservative Mayor of Toronto are a fine example of good citizens right?

      Wake up and smell the coffee dreamer.
    10. tanjo posted on 05/20/2014 10:54 PM
      @Jack Not true. You can do worse than the current Liberal government. Much worse.

      As I said before. The Liberals have cost me personally hundreds of dollars. Hudak could cost me thousands.
  2. ToddK_2 posted on 05/20/2014 04:16 PM
    You need to give your head a shake if you are voting Liberal. Their entitlements keep them behaving this way. Just like Toronto needed Ford's policies for the first few years, we will need some chainsaws for those Liberal Clowns in office for the next 4 years.
    1. Alex posted on 05/20/2014 05:19 PM
      @ToddK_2 Gotta love it. You have to still use Rob Ford (the dirtiest politician in Canada) as your 'good example'.

      Shows how bad things are!!!
    2. Jack posted on 05/20/2014 05:23 PM
      @Alex You're right, things are horrible in this province. The tax-and-spend policies of our provincial government have created an environment where electing a crackhead as mayor of a major city, as long as he promises to cut spending, is preferable to one more year under the control of someone who thinks money grows on trees.

      Tell me Alex, who do you think will do a good job of running the province?
  3. Alex posted on 05/20/2014 05:15 PM
    Tim Hudak is a former Walmart manager who wants the same working relatonship with Ontario voters as Walmart has with its so called 'associates'.

    In other words Tim Hudak with is 'Right To Work (for less)" policies wants to take away any voice the workers have. Funny how business doesn't mind creating their own strength in numbers, called the 'Chamber of Commerce' yet when other united to be heard is becomes a bad thing. How hypocritical.
    After so called "right to work' legislation watch the Tim Hudaks suggest to be competitive we have to become an 'At Will' state. This means your employer could fire you without just cause and no severance pay.

    Tim Hudak is nothing but a Walmart manager enlarged.
    1. Dean posted on 05/20/2014 05:27 PM
      @Alex YAWN. Got any proof?
    2. don was right posted on 05/20/2014 08:47 PM
      @Alex so you missed watching your precious CBC yesterdsay when head Magna guy said " no new plants for Ontario - it costs too much". This is after the CAW got a landmark(!) agreement with magna 2 years ago.You are gonna wish you had walmart jobs
  4. Alex posted on 05/20/2014 05:21 PM
    If you want to turn this province into a giant Walmart store, complete with the haves (big business) and the have nots (everyone else), then vote for former Walmart manager Tim Hudak!
    1. Dean posted on 05/20/2014 05:27 PM
      @Alex YAWN. Got any proof?
    2. Alex posted on 05/20/2014 06:21 PM
      @Dean The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
      A former Walmart manager and a Mike Harris pick.

      Can't get any worse than that unless you are a die hard conservative person who will cling on to anything.
    3. Dean posted on 05/20/2014 07:15 PM
      @Alex YAAAAAAAAWN. Got any proof, or are you just planning on beating that dead horse every five minutes from now until June 12?
  5. Amanda posted on 05/20/2014 05:27 PM
    Hear that clacking noise? That's the sound of Alex banging out five Walmart-centric posts in ten minutes to drown out the voice of reason. I've noticed he doesn't bring a whole lot of evidence to the table, just false assumptions about the PC platform.

    It's nice to know that while the rest of us are discussing the upsides and downsides of each candidate, that he'll always be there in the corner screaming "NUH-UH!"
    1. Alex posted on 05/20/2014 06:38 PM
      @Amanda You've seen the video's called People of Walmart I am sure.
      After Tim and his crew get in maybe they can do a video called ''The People of Ontario" and we can all be poverty underemployed folks with poor nutrition and low self esteem.
  6. Mark posted on 05/20/2014 05:40 PM
    It should be obvious that it's time for the Cons to run this province. Only an idiot would vote Liberal.
    1. Alex posted on 05/20/2014 06:18 PM
      @Mark Will the king of Cons Rob Ford vote for Tim (can you vote while being treated for one of his many faults)?
    2. Rob Ford: Always Relevant posted on 05/20/2014 07:15 PM
      @Alex Thank you citizen, for doing your part and pulling Rob Ford into a discussion that has nothing to do with him! You have demonstrated your worth as a person by realizing that everything actually does revolve around one Canadian city's weird mayor.

      As your reward, prominent Canadian citizens William Shatner and Shania Twain shall be arriving at your home momentarily: One will serenade you with hit songs from their latest album while the other provides a sensual back massage. Which is which? The mystery is half the fun!

      On behalf of Canadians everywhere, thank you again. Goodbye.
  7. Alex posted on 05/20/2014 06:16 PM
    PROFILE: Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak

    One year later he was working for Wal-Mart as part of a team of managers transforming old Woolco stores across Canada.

    Political life: First elected in 1995, served in cabinet of premiers Mike Harris and Ernie Eves. Won leadership of party in 2009
    1. Alice posted on 05/20/2014 06:20 PM
      @Alex Profile: Kathleen Wynne

      Wasted billions of dollars in her short tenure as Ontario's Premier. Has never accomplished anything positive for the people of Ontario.

      Profile: Andrea Horwath

      Drove the metaphorical getaway car for Kathleen Wynne. Likes to talk about car insurance rates.
    2. Alex posted on 05/20/2014 06:22 PM
      @Alice Not too many choices I would suggest.
      But there is no doubt that Republican Tim Hudak is the worst choice for this province.
    3. Alice posted on 05/20/2014 07:12 PM
      @Alex You must live in a world where having enough money to buy your groceries isn't actually necessary to live. It sounds like an interesting world. It also sounds a lot nicer than the world that the Liberals or NDP would have us living in, where we all starve to death because even if we had jobs to earn money at to buy food, the farmers had no money to maintain there farms and there's no food to buy in the first place.
  8. Alex posted on 05/20/2014 06:34 PM
    What a comfort to know that the guy who wants to lead this province, once worked for by far the worst company to operate on North American soil.
    Walmart is even listed in Human Rights Watch and our Tim Hudak wants to carry on the Walmart assault on the entire province.
  9. Fact Provider posted on 05/21/2014 02:29 PM
    **** Another "Photo-OOPS" for Hudak ****

    Less than 2 days ago I predicted on this site "more gaffes and laughs" from Tea Party Tim this week.

    It didn't take him long to live down to my expectations.

    Today in Cobourg Tim railed for the 3rd time against government grants for businesses and then found out, again for the 3rd time, that his photo-OOps was at a business which received such grants.

    Smooth move, Tim. You continue to show just how incompetent you are.
    1. Alice posted on 05/21/2014 02:51 PM
      @Fact Provider Ladies and gentlemen of Ontario's public sector unions, witness the money skimmed off of your paycheck as "dues" at work: One lonely guy being paid to spam the same irrelevant content ad nauseum across Internet message boards.

      It doesn't matter anyway. When Wynne kills the private sector, you'll have no tax money to collect your pay from anyway. A continued Liberal government hurts you as badly as it hurts everyone else, just a little bit later.
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