I just received an update from the polling company, and the news is so big that it needs to be said again: 56% of Canadians find a Liberal-NDP coalition completely or somewhat acceptable, or are ambivalent.
As you can see for yourself in the chart below, if you add up those who are not opposed to a Liberal-NDP coalition, that amounts to 79% of all those who are willing to accept a coalition.
No wonder Harper spends so much effort demonizing the idea of a coalition; many more Canadians want a coalition than want a Conservative government.
UPDATE 1: Many thanks to Redditor Hikury who found a major mistake I made; the results shown here only apply to “those who do not find any coalition scenario completely unacceptable (72% of total).” That means I must multiply 72% by 0.79 to get the number of people who find a Liberal-NDP coalition acceptable, and this number is 56.88%.
This is still huge, given that approximately 35% of the population is likely to vote Conservative.
[And if you're afraid of a Liberal-NDP coalition, perhaps you should check this out: One such government gave us much of what we think of as essentially Canadian today.]
UPDATE 2: Some folks have pointed out that I didn’t provide a source for this data. That’s partly an oversight and partly because it’s an ‘exclusive.’ First, the original survey was cited in this recent post: Survey: Coalition Government Acceptable to Most Canadians, which also provides a link to the survey company’s site and data. Second, this particular data was omitted from their original report; I emailed the company to ask about it, and they were kind enough to send me the entire report, from which I copied-and-pasted the chart you see here. Still, I should have provided a link to the original data that is online. My apologies.