July 10, 2010 / 3:46 AM / in 7 years

Conservatives hold lead in opinion poll

TORONTO (Reuters) - An opinion poll published on Friday put the Conservatives 6 percentage points ahead of their nearest rivals but showed they did not have the support needed to form a majority government.

<p>Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen arrive for the President's Reception during the first day of the rodeo at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, July 9, 2010. REUTERS/Todd Korol</p>

The Ipsos Reid poll, conducted for the CanWest media group and published at www.canada.com, gave the Conservatives the support of 35 percent of voters, unchanged from April.

The opposition Liberals had the support of 29 percent of voters, up from 27 percent last month.

The left-leaning New Democrats would receive 15 per cent of the vote, down 1 point from last month, while the Green Party would get 10 percent of the vote.

Under Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system, a party typically needs at least 40 percent of public support to capture a majority of the 308 seats in the House of Commons.

The Conservatives won a strengthened minority in the October 2008 election but, like the Liberals, seem unable to gain the strong support of voters.

Ipsos Reid surveyed 1,000 Canadians by phone from July 6 to 8. The poll’s margin of error was 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, the article said.

Reporting by Jeffrey Hodgson; Editing by Eric Walsh

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