Conservatives lead in new opinion poll

Thu May 13, 2010 9:46am EDT
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Support for the Conservatives edged up in an opinion poll released on Thursday, but remains below the level that would win them an election.

The weekly Ekos survey put popular support for the Conservatives at 33.6 percent, up from 33.1 percent last week. Support for the opposition Liberals rose to 27.1 percent from 26.1 percent.

A party typically needs at least 40 percent public support to capture a majority of the 308 seats in the House of Commons, and around 36 percent to capture a workable minority.

The Conservatives now have a minority of seats and need the support of opposition parties to stay in power.

The Ekos automated telephone survey of 2,573 voters was conducted from May 5 to May 11 and is considered accurate to within 1.9 percentage points 19 times out of 20.

(Reporting by Janet Guttsman; editing by Peter Galloway)

<p>Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa May 12, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>