Conservatives hold steady against Liberals

Wed Apr 6, 2011 8:25am EDT
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TORONTO (Reuters) - An opinion poll released on Wednesday showed little change in the federal election race, with the Conservatives holding to a 10-point lead against the opposition Liberals.

The Nanos Research tracking poll of results over three days of surveys put support for the Conservatives at 39.7 percent, down from 39.8 percent in Tuesday's survey. Support for the Liberals fell to 29.9 percent from 30.2 percent.

Under Canada's electoral system, a party needs around 40 percent of the vote to win a majority of the 308 seats in the House of Commons.

The Conservatives had a minority in Parliament and needed support from at least one other party to stay in power. The government was defeated in a nonconfidence motion on March 25 and the federal election is scheduled for May 2.

The daily tracking figures are based on a three-day rolling sample of 981 interviews, with a margin of error of 3.1 percent, plus or minus, 19 times out of 20.

Results from the last three days of polling are as follows:

Release Date April 6 April 5 April 4

Conservatives 39.7 39.8 42.3

Liberals 29.9 30.2 28.4   Continued...

<p>Conservative leader and Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a campaign rally in Saint-Agapit, Quebec April 5, 2011. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>