Liberals lead ruling Conservatives in poll

Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:51pm EDT
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's opposition Liberals have maintained a one-point lead in popular opinion over the governing Conservatives, according to the latest Harris-Decima poll.

The findings contradict the findings of a survey released earlier this month by a rival company, Ipsos Reid, which found the Conservatives four percentage points ahead.

The Harris-Decima poll released late on Wednesday by Canadian Press put the Liberals at 33 percent and the Conservatives at 32 percent. The same company found the Liberals ahead 31 percent to 30 percent a little more than a month earlier. The left-leaning New Democrats stand at 15 percent and the Greens at 6 percent.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads a minority Conservative government that was elected in January 2006. Last month he challenged Liberal leader Stephane Dion to either let the government's legislation pass or force an election by bringing his government down in Parliament, .

No recent polls show any prospect for a majority government resulting from a near-term election, nor is it certain Harper would be reelected.

The Harris-Decima poll of just more than 1,000 Canadians was conducted from August 7 to August 10. It is considered accurate to within 3.1 percentage points 95 percent of the time.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Peter Galloway)

 
<p>Liberal leader Stephane Dion announces his party's carbon tax plan during an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa June 19, 2008. Canada's official opposition Liberals have maintained a one-point lead in popular opinion over the governing Conservatives, according to the latest Harris-Decima poll. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>