The 33% who say terrorism is the most important issue facing Canada are the bottom floor hardcore Conservative base plus a handful of weird neo-con Liberals.
C51 preaches exclusively to the choir. As the details become more widely known even soft Tory swing voters are coming to hate it. The Conservatives made the classic error that always trips up right wingers, of assuming everyone else will see and respond to events the way they do through what they assume is universal but is in fact an exclusively conservative lens.
They thought they had one of Naomi Klein's shock treatment moments after a mentally ill man attacked parliament. He was a drug addled paranoid who just as easily could have been commiting mayhem in the name of fighting alien invaders as jihad.
The Conservatives assumed their visceral response to the event would be shared by all Canadians and maybe it was... For a month or so. The frustratingly long time line of pushing legislation through parliament even for a majority came up against the rebounding natural skepticism of Canadians who watched aghast as George Bush engaged in similar legislative fuckery after 9/11.
We may be watching what political historians will someday call one of the greatest political miscalculations in Canadian history.