Conservative wave ebbs in key Canada districts: poll

Tue Sep 9, 2008 11:15pm EDT
 
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's ruling Conservatives have lost some of their momentum in swing parliamentary districts since Prime Minister Stephen Harper triggered an October 14 general election, a poll released on Tuesday suggested.

The survey, conducted by Strategic Counsel for The Globe and Mail and CTV, showed Harper's party had gained support in 45 battleground districts since the last general election, which brought a Conservative minority government to power in January 2006.

But opposition parties have regained some ground since Harper launched a new election campaign on Sunday, according to the survey.

The rolling poll tracks voting preferences in pivotal electoral districts in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.

The latest three-day poll was taken Saturday to Monday. It indicated that a wave of support that seemed to be building for the Conservatives may have ebbed a little when compared with results of the previous survey, taken Thursday to Saturday.

The surveys are conducted daily, with three-day running tallies comprising a poll of 1,325 Canadians. The results appeared on The Globe's website.

(Reporting by Frank McGurty; Editing by Peter Cooney)