And by hipsters, I mean whatever the heck the NDP are calling themselves these days.
Its an interesting poll, with certain parts best represented in graphical form:
The question is, of course, what people actually mean when they say they're "liberal" or "conservative" or "neither." Ideology is a funny thing, to say the least, and there is no easy way to square every peg you have. No one is completely "liberal" or "conservative," and even if they are, what subset of those grander ideologies do they fit into? Are they social or classical liberals? Do they fit more with European Christian democratic thought, or American neo-conservative movements? Are they democratic socialists or social democrats?
You can see where this gets way off track. Narrowing it down to "liberal" and "conservative" is easy and useful for broad generalization, but it isn't accurate. Add in the general lack of knowledge people have about what ideologies go where, and it becomes almost unreliable at times.
Anyways, we do have the data here, so lets figure it out. Why would so many people say they are "liberal"? Is it simply because most generations currently alive grew up with Liberal governments? Or are Canadians just that much nicer than Americans?
Actually, on that last point, a somewhat similar poll done showed that 41% of Americans are moderates, compared to 35% conservative and 25% liberal. Obviously we didn't have the "moderate" option in the EKOS poll, but it goes to show that not all Americans may not be as nutty as usually assumed - though they're up there.
Anyways, this poll actually has quite a lot of other data that may explain why so many people consider themselves "liberal." I've created a specific graph, however, to demonstrate some more data:
Its important to note that the one "core" value for the social democrats, the "sharing of wealth," barely gets as much support as some of the conservative values. We may be a left-leaning nation, but we aren't socialists either. All three parties recognise this, hence all three crowd the middle.
Anyways, as I said, very interesting poll, there is a lot more data there that you should look into. It doesn't confirm anything we didn't already know, of course, but it is nice to know that Harper's supposed actions to change Canada forever, have barely made a dent.