Conservatives well ahead in new poll

Wed Sep 17, 2008 1:18pm EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Conservatives have a huge lead over the Liberals and are well on their way to winning a majority government in the Oct 14 election, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

The Segma survey for La Presse put the Conservatives on 42 percent support compared to just 23 percent for the Liberals. A poll by the same firm released on Sept 8 put the Conservatives ahead by 43 points to 25.

A string of other recent polls has put the Conservatives ahead, but by a smaller amount. Prime Minister Stephen Harper only has a minority of seats in the 308-seat Parliament.

Segma put the left-leaning New Democrats on 16 percent and the Greens on 10 percent.

The survey of 1,502 adults was carried out between Sept 10 and 15 and is considered accurate to within 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Janet Guttsman)

<p>Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivers his speech during a campaign rally at St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre in Oakville, September 16, 2008. REUTERS/ Mike Cassese</p>