Quebec separatists maintain wide lead: poll

Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:15pm EDT
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Separatists in the Canadian province of Quebec have maintained a healthy lead over the governing Liberals and would stand a good chance of winning a majority in the provincial legislature if an election were held now, a poll released on Monday shows.

A Leger survey for Le Devoir and the Montreal Gazette newspapers put the Liberals at 30 percent public support, down one percentage point from a poll by the same firm a month ago.

The Parti Quebecois, which wants independence for the predominantly French-speaking province of 7.5 million people, was up one point at 41 percent.

The Liberals won the provincial election in December 2008, but have since struggled to cope with allegations of scandal and corruption. More than 75 percent of those polled said they were unhappy with the government.

While in government in 1980 and 1995, the Parti Quebecois held referendums on whether Quebec should separate from Canada. Both failed.

Party leader Pauline Marois has been vague about the timing of another referendum if her party were to regain power.

The Leger survey of 1,015 adults was conducted between June 7 and 10 and is considered accurate to within 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Rob Wilson)

 
<p>A Quebec flag flaps in the sky in Quebec City in this September 13, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger</p>