April 12, 2010 / 1:32 AM / in 8 years

Conservatives lead in new opinion poll

TORONTO (Reuters) - A new opinion poll puts Canada’s ruling Conservatives 10 percentage points ahead of their nearest rivals, but they still don’t have enough support to win a majority government.

The Ipsos Reid poll, conducted for the CanWest group of newspapers and published in the Montreal Gazette’s online edition on Sunday, gave the Conservatives support of 37 percent of voters, up from 34 percent a month ago.

The opposition Liberals have the support of 27 percent of voters, down from 26 percent.

Under Canada’s first past-the-post electoral system, a party usually needs at least 40 percent of the vote to win a majority government.

“The big issue that Canadians care the most about, which is the economy, is clearly improving in the minds of the public, and given that the thing they’re really judging the government on is headed in the right direction, you can see why the gap is increasing,” the paper quoted pollster Darrell Bricker as saying.

Ipsos Reid interviewed 1,003 Canadian voters between April 6 and April 8. It considers its results accurate to within 3.1 percentage points, 95 percent of the time,

Reporting by Janet Guttsman, editing by Philip Barbara

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