Conservatives and Liberals tied in new poll

Tue Mar 18, 2008 3:43pm EDT
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Conservatives and Liberals are tied in the polls, with neither party enjoying enough public support to guarantee even a stable minority government, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

The Harris-Decima poll for the Canadian Press put both parties on 32 percent, little changed from a string of recent surveys by the firm.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper won power in January 2006 with 36 percent of the popular vote, gaining a minority government, but neither he or Liberal leader Stephane Dion have inspired the electorate.

The Harris-Decima survey of 1,000 Canadians was carried out between March 13 and 16 and is considered accurate to within 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Earlier in the day a poll by The Strategic Counsel for CTV and the Globe and Mail put the Conservatives on 38 percent and the Liberals on 27 percent.

The Strategic Counsel regularly gives the Conservatives large leads. Polls by other firms show either a narrow Conservative advantage or a tie between the two parties.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Renato Andrade)

 
<p>Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa March 12, 2008. The Conservatives and Liberals are tied in the polls, with neither party enjoying enough public support to guarantee even a stable minority government, according to a poll released on Tuesday. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/Files</p>