Support fades for Liberals

Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:33am EDT
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Support is fading for Canada's opposition Liberal party as it pushes ahead with threats to topple the minority Conservative government, according to an opinion poll released on Thursday.

The EKOS survey, commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, showed 34.2 percent support for the Conservatives and 30.8 percent for the Liberals.

If that result were translated into seats in a federal election, Canada would again have a minority government, where the largest party governs with the support of one or more smaller parties.

The previous EKOS poll, a week ago, gave each of the two big parties support of 32.6 percent of voters.

The latest survey put support for the left-wing New Democrats at 14.8 percent, and backing for the Bloc Quebecois and the Green Party at 10 percent apiece.

The Liberals have promised to try to bring down the government at the first opportunity, arguing that they can do a better job of pulling the Canadian economy out of recession. If the government falls in the coming weeks, there would be an election in November.

The EKOS automated telephone survey of 2,825 adult voters was conducted between September 2 and September 8. EKOS says it has a margin of error of 1.8 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

(Reporting by Janet Guttsman; Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson)

<p>Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff is silhouetted during a campaign style stop at the Accelerator Centre, a small high tech incubator facility in Waterloo, Ontario, September 8, 2009. REUTERS/Geoff Robins</p>