November 17, 2008 / 2:44 PM / 9 years ago

Quebec's Liberals ahead, could win majority: poll

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Quebec’s ruling Liberals are ahead of their separatist rivals in the run-up to a December 8 election in the Canadian province and could win a majority, according to a new poll.

<p>An election poster showing Quebec Premier and Liberal leader Jean Charest is seen in downtown Montreal, November 6, 2008. Quebecers will go to the polls in a provincial election on December 8. REUTERS/Shaun Best</p>

The CROP poll for La Presse put the Liberals at 42 percent public support and the separatist Parti Quebecois at 31 percent. The right-leaning Action democratique du Quebec was at 15 percent. The poll appeared on Saturday.

In the March 2007 election, the Liberals won 33 percent of the vote -- just 2 points more than the ADQ -- while the PQ took 28 percent.

The Liberals have 48 of the 125 seats in Quebec’s National Assembly. The ADQ has 39 seats while the Parti Quebecois has 36. There are two vacancies.

The CROP poll of 1,003 adults was conducted between November 6 and 13 and is considered accurate to within 3 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Frank McGurty

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