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Despite Tom Flanagan, Tasha Kheiriddin and Monte Solberg's predictions of insurrection and upset, the chance of a Conservative voter backlash to the recent Harper budget are... um, zero.

Strategic Counsel's survey (PDF) asks the million dollar question: Are you satisfied with the budget, Conservative voters?

"Yum, yum! Can I have seconds!" respond 90 per cent of Conservative voters.

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Let me repeat that: page 7 of the survey shows that nine in 10 Conservative voters are net positive on the budget. That is waaaay more than the six in 10 Liberals, five in 10 Dippers, four in 10 Greens or three in 10 Blocquistes.

The survey goes on to report that 92 per cent of Conservatives say the budget gave them more confidence in Harper's ability to manage the economy.

Conservative voters are also most likely to say Middle Class Canadians will benefit from the budget, compared to supporters of other parties who are more likely to report that Large Corporations and Wealthier Canadians will benefit the most.

Page 17 finds that just 27 per cent of Conservative voters think the federal budget goes too far in creating a federal deficit that is too big. Liberals, BQ and Green voters are significantly more likely than Conservatives to think the budget was too profligate and the deficits are a threat to our prosperity.

But get this: New Democrat voters are equally likely as Conservatives to think the deficits are too large! (NDP voters are actually marginally more likely to be concerned about deficits in the survey - 28 per cent NDP to 27 per cent CPC - but that is within the margin of error, and not statistically significant.)

The story here is that Mr. Harper could have nationalized the oil companies, abolished the monarchy and legalized bigamy in the budget, and most Conservative voters would have held their nose and supported it.

Kudos to the Conservative base for standing by their guy.

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But isn't it mildly upsetting when NDP voters are more fiscally conservative than you?

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