Conservatives retake poll lead

Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:19pm EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The ruling Conservatives have regained a lead over the opposition Liberals, but do not have enough public support to gain a majority in a new election, according to a new poll.

The Ipsos-Reid survey for CanWest put the Conservatives at 37 percent support, up four points from a poll done by the same company three weeks ago. The Liberals were down six points to 29 percent.

The poll, published on Sunday, indicates that if there were to be an election now, the most likely result would be another minority Conservative administration.

The Ipsos-Reid survey of 1,000 adults was conducted between January 22 and 24 and is considered accurate to within 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Janet Guttsman)

<p>Prime Minister Stephen Harper gestures while delivering a speech during an event marking the second anniversary of Harper's minority Conservative government, in Ottawa January 25, 2008. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>