Conservatives on edge of majority: poll

Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:47pm EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The ruling Conservatives remain on the edge of being able to convert their minority government to a majority in Parliament in the October 14 election, an Ekos poll released on Wednesday found.

"The Conservatives continue to knock on the door of a majority government," the polling firm said.

It put the Conservatives at 37 percent support, the Liberals at 26 percent, the left-leaning New Democrats at 19 percent, the Green Party at 10 percent and the separatist Bloc Quebecois at 8 percent.

In January 2006, the Conservatives won the last election with 36 percent over the Liberals' 30 percent.

The automated random phone poll of 2,051 decided voters was conducted September 8-9, giving a margin of error of 2.1 percentage points 19 times out of 20.

Its last poll using the same methodology was conducted on September 2-3, before the election was called on September 7, and had put the Conservatives one point higher at 38 percent, the Liberals at 26 percent, the New Democrats at 15 percent, the Greens at 11 percent and the Bloc at 10 percent.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Peter Galloway)

<p>Conservative leader and Prime Minister Stephen Harper waves after delivering a speech to the Indo Chamber of Commerce in Vaughan, Ontario September 10, 2008. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>