Federal election, by the numbers

With a federal election on the horizon this spring, it comes down to who do people like.

There will be polls upon polls, but who do people really ‘like.’ We have the definitive answer.

With a federal election on the horizon this spring, it comes down to who do people like.

There will be polls upon polls, but who do people really ‘like.’ We have the definitive answer.

As of Wednesday, 40,635 people liked Conservative leader Stephen Harper, 34,508 liked Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, and 31,941 liked NDP leader Jack Layton. Where? Where it really counts these days, on their respective Facebook pages. Now, to put things in perspective, you can like more than one prospective prime minister on Facebook and you don’t have to be a Canadian citizen or even eligible to vote.

For the record, Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe doesn’t seem to have a Facebook page and Green Party leader Elizabeth May’s Facebook site doesn’t list ‘likes.’

Over on Twitter, Harper has 103,518 followers of his 321 tweets. Ignatieff has 64,432 followers and has tweeted 378 times. Layton is the most prolific tweeter with 826 tweets for his 60,562 followers. Duceppe has 46,010 followers for his 408 tweets and May has 11,911 followers for her 781 tweets.

There you have it. The federal election race by the numbers.