Liberals lead Conservatives in new poll

Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:50pm EDT
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Liberals have a narrow lead in public support over the governing Conservatives, a poll released on Wednesday showed.

The Harris-Decima survey, published by Canadian Press, puts the Liberals at 32 percent, the Conservatives at 29 percent, the left-leaning New Democrats at 16 percent, the Greens at 11 percent and the separatist Bloc Quebecois at 9 percent.

The lead is narrower than that shown in an Ekos poll released last week, which drew significant attention in Ottawa. That put the Liberals ahead of the Conservatives by 36.7 percent to 30.2 percent.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper led the Conservatives to reelection last October with another minority government. The three opposition parties could in theory topple them in Parliament at any time but most strategists do not see any new election before the autumn at the earliest.

Harris-Decima surveyed just over 2,000 people on April 8 and April 9, a sample size considered accurate to within 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; editing by Peter Galloway)

 
<p>Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff speaks to students at a town hall meeting at Western Canada High School in Calgary, Alberta, April 6, 2009. REUTERS/Todd Korol</p>