08/10/2011 04:04 EDT | Updated 10/10/2011 05:12 EDT

Nycole Turmel Bloc Membership Not A Big Deal For Most People: Poll

OTTAWA - A new poll suggests few people are very concerned that interim NDP Leader Nycole Turmel is a former member of the separatist Bloc Quebecois.

The Canadian Press-Harris/Decima survey found that only about 20 per cent of respondents considered it a major issue.

Almost half -- 46 per cent -- said her earlier affiliation with the party isn't an issue.

Just over a quarter of those polled called it a minor issue.

A majority of respondents said they had heard about her Bloc membership -- which she ended in January -- while 41 per cent said they were unaware.

A separate question about voter intentions found that party support was little changed from the May 2 election, with the Tories at 37 per cent, the NDP at 29, the Liberals at 20, the Greens at seven, and the Bloc at five.

The findings are part of an omnibus telephone survey of 1,000 people conducted Aug. 4-8 and are considered accurate to within plus or minus 3.1 percentage points 19 times out of 20.

On election night, the Tories won 39.6 per cent of the vote, compared with 30.6 for the NDP, 18.9 for the Liberals, six per cent for the Bloc and 3.9 per cent for the Greens.

Allan Gregg, Harris/Decima chairman, said the latest poll shows very little movement, suggesting people are satisfied with the election result.

"There's, if not a happiness with the outcome, certainly there's an acceptance."

He pointed out that the Conservatives lead in all regions outside of Quebec and metropolitan Toronto and among almost every subset of voters, including women.

"They have redrawn the Canadian political map in slow motion over the last six, eight years," he said.

As for Turmel, Gregg said the fact a majority of people are aware of her dalliance with the Bloc, shows that they are paying attention to politics even in the depth of summer, but it's not an issue they're upset about.

"What there is, I think, in English Canada by and large is indifference and in Quebec I think it's a much more studied view: what is the controversy?

"The only people who haven't flirted with the notion of being a supporter of the BQ at one time or another are terrified anglophones," he said. "It's really not that radical a position to take and that seems to be the reflex view of the Quebecers in the poll."