Conservatives and Liberals drop in new poll

Tue Mar 4, 2008 2:54pm EST
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's ruling Conservatives and the official opposition Liberals have both lost public support and are virtually tied, a poll showed on Tuesday.

The Harris-Decima poll for Canadian Press put support for the Conservatives at 31 percent, four percentage points down from a poll done by the same company two weeks ago. The Liberals were down three points at 30 percent.

The poll was conducted after the Conservatives ran into trouble last week over allegations they had tried to bribe a legislator to vote for them in 2005.

The party, which denies the charge, won the January 2006 general election with 36 percent of the vote.

The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted last weekend and is considered accurate to within 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

 
<p>Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (C) receives a standing ovation from his caucus while voting against an amendment to the federal budget in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa March 3, 2008. The Conservatives and the official opposition Liberals have both lost public support and are virtually tied, a poll showed on Tuesday. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>