Conservatives widen opinion poll lead

Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:02am EDT
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TORONTO (Reuters) - The Conservative Party slightly widened its lead over its Liberal rivals and are close to numbers that might win them a majority government, according to a poll released on Sunday.

The Nanos Research tracking poll of results over three days of surveys showed support for the Conservatives at 39.0 percent, barely changed from 38.8 percent on Saturday. The poll showed the Liberals will have 28.3 percent of the vote, down from 28.8 percent on Saturday.

Support for the New Democrats fell to 18.4 percent from 19.2 percent on Saturday.

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

The Conservatives had a minority in the last 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 tracking figures are based on a three-day rolling telephone sample of 1,200 decided voters and are considered accurate within 2.8 percentage points 19 times out of 20.

(Reporting by Janet Guttsman; editing by Mohammad Zargham)