Canada opposition Liberals regain slight poll lead

Mon Jan 14, 2008 2:57pm EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's opposition Liberals have regained a slight lead over the ruling Conservatives but do not have enough support to assure them an election victory, a polling firm said on Monday.

The Ipsos-Reid survey for CanWest put backing for the Liberals at 35 percent, up two percentage points from a poll released by the same firm on December 21. The Conservatives were down two points at 33 percent.

The Liberal lead is within the poll's margin of error. The Conservatives have 125 of the 308 seats in the House of Commons while the Liberals have 96.

Ipsos-Reid said one reason for the decline in Conservative support was a slump in support in the western province of Alberta -- the party's stronghold.

It said the drop could be linked to voter unhappiness with Alberta's provincial Conservative government.

In a statement released on Monday, Ipsos-Reid said it had surveyed 1,005 Canadians from January 8 to 10 and considered the poll accurate to within 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. The poll was published on Saturday.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Rob Wilson)

<p>Liberal leader Stephane Dion speaks in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa November 13, 2007. REUTERS/Christopher Pike</p>