April 2, 2011 / 12:04 PM / 7 years ago

Canada's Conservatives gain ground in new poll

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada’s ruling Conservatives gained ground in an opinion poll released on Saturday, coming into territory that might hand them a majority in Parliament in the May 2 federal election.

<p>Conservative leader and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper pauses during a campaign rally in St. John's March 31, 2011. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>

The Nanos Research tracking poll of results over three days of surveys put support for the Conservatives at 41.3 percent, up from 39.4 percent in Friday’s survey. Support for the Liberals fell to 30.3 percent from 31.7 percent.

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

The Conservatives have a minority in Parliament and need support from at least one other party to stay in power.

The daily tracking figures are based on a three-day rolling sample of 983 interviews, with a margin of error of 3.1 percent, plus or minus, 19 times out of 20.

Reporting by Janet Guttsman editing by Mohammad Zargham

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