A new survey about the Senate expense scandal should be ringing alarm bells within Conservative party circles.
The Ekos Research poll — published in iPolitics — suggests that Canadians believe that the Senate expense scandal is "more serious" than the Liberal Party sponsorship scandal of the early 2000s.
Specifically, respondents were asked "how would you rate the overall seriousness" of the recent government episodes.
Here's how they responded:
The 2013 Senate Expense Scandal
Very serious: 75 per cent
Somewhat serious: 12 per cent
Not serious: 11 per cent
The 2011 Robocall Scandal
Very serious: 73 per cent
Somewhat serious: 11 per cent
Not serious: 12 per cent
The 2004 Sponsorship Scandal
Very serious: 65 per cent
Somewhat serious: 16 per cent
Not serious: 10 per cent
It's widely believed that the sponsorship scandal — which involved the diversion of federal advertising dollars to Liberal staffers — was one of the key factors that ended Paul Martin's Liberal government in 2006.
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