June 27, 2009 / 4:40 PM / in 8 years

Liberals' lead on Tories narrows in poll

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Liberals still hold a slight lead over the governing Conservatives but the opposition’s support has slipped, according to an opinion poll released on Saturday.

<p>A combination picture showing Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff (L) and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper during separate news conferences on Parliament Hill in Ottawa June 17, 2009. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>

The Liberals were named as the top choice of 36 percent of committed voters if a federal election was held now, a Nanos Research poll showed, compared with 32 percent for the Conservatives.

The latest results show support for the Liberals slipped 1 percentage point from the previous survey in May, while the Conservatives showed no change.

If an election were held now, it would most likely result in another minority government, Nanos said in a statement.

The Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper garnered enough opposition votes in Parliament last week to stay in power until at least November as the House of Commons easily passed budget measures.

The vote concluded weeks of speculation that Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff would trigger fresh elections.

The results of the Nanos poll were in line with an Ekos poll released last week showing Liberals would win an election but their support had slipped.

The survey of 1,004 Canadians is accurate plus or minus 3 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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