Conservatives have lead in polls

Fri Apr 15, 2011 2:16pm EDT
 
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TORONTO (Reuters) - The ruling Conservative Party is holding on to a 10-point lead over its liberal rivals even as support for left-leaning New Democratic Party rises, according to a daily tracking poll released on Friday.

The Nanos Research survey of results over three days of surveys showed support for the Conservatives at 38.7 percent, down slightly from 38.9 percent on Thursday. Support for the opposition Liberals fell to 28.8 percent, from 31.9 percent, while NDP support rose to 18.6 percent from 18.3 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 federal election is scheduled for May 2.

The daily Nanos figures are based on a three-day rolling telephone sample of 1,020 decided voters and are considered accurate within 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

An Ekos poll on Friday put the Conservatives on 35.3 percent with the Liberals on 27.8 percent, compared to 33.8 percent and 28.8 earlier in the week. The New Democrats slipped to 18.0 percent from 19.1 percent.

The Ekos poll of 1,239 adults was conducted from April 13 to 14 and is considered accurate to within 2.8 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

(Reporting by S. John Tilak and David Ljunggren; editing by Janet Guttsman)

 
<p>Canada's Prime Minister and Conservative leader Stephen Harper waves to the crowd during a supporters rally while he campaigns at the Val-des-Neiges hotel in Beaupre, Quebec, April 14, 2011. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger</p>