Gap narrows for Conservatives: poll

Thu May 27, 2010 8:18am EDT
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Support for the Conservatives slipped slightly in an opinion poll released on Thursday, but still left the ruling party within striking distance of a workable minority.

The Ekos survey put support for the minority Conservatives at 33.9 percent, down from 34.4 percent last week. Support for the Liberals, the main opposition party, rose to 25.7 percent up from 25.1 percent.

Under Canada's electoral system a party 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 win a workable minority.

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

The Ekos telephone survey of 2,178 people is considered accurate to within 1.9 percentage points 19 times out of 20.

(Reporting by Scott Anderson, editing by Vicki Allen)