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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's ruling Conservatives are tied with the opposition Liberals in public support, according to a poll published on Monday, with both parties short of the backing needed to form a majority government.
A UniMarketing survey for La Presse newspaper put both parties at 33 percent support. The Conservatives won a minority government in the January 2006 election with 36 percent of the vote.
The poll had discouraging news for the Conservatives, who have been confident they can pick up more seats in French-speaking Quebec at the next election.
In Quebec, the separatist Bloc Quebecois party was at 36 points, well ahead of the Conservatives at 27 percent -- a figure only slightly better than their result in 2006 -- and the Liberals on 20 percent.
The UniMarketing poll of 1,278 Canadians was conducted between January 23 and 31 and is considered accurate to within 2.7 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Peter Galloway