Canada ruling Conservatives maintain lead: poll

Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:27pm EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's governing Conservatives are well ahead of their main opponents but might not have enough public support to win a stable minority government if an election were held now, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

The Harris-Decima poll for the Canadian Press put backing for the Conservatives at 34 percent, up two points from a poll done by the same firm a month ago. The main opposition Liberals were down one point at 27 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 came to power in the January 2006 election and won a strengthened minority in the October 2008 election.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Reuters on Monday that he was not looking for an election in the autumn of this year.

The Harris-Decima survey of 2,034 adults was conducted between June 10 and 20 and is considered accurate to within 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Peter Galloway)