Tories gain slight edge over Lib­er­als

Cape Breton Post - - NATIONAL -

OTTAWA (CP) — Con­ser­va­tives and Lib­er­als are locked in a tug-of-war for the hearts of vot­ers who don’t seem par­tic­u­larly keen on ei­ther of them, a new poll sug­gests.

The Cana­dian Press Har­risDec­ima sur­vey gave the Tories a slight edge at 32 per cent to the Lib­er­als’ 30 per cent.

The re­sults sug­gest the Tories have ar­rested the slide that be­gan early in the new year amid a pub­lic out­cry over Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper’s de­ci­sion to sus­pend Par­lia­ment un­til March 3.

Sup­port for the Lib­er­als, who ini­tially ben­e­fited from the pro­ro­ga­tion out­rage, has dipped two points since the end of Jan­uary.

Har­ris-Dec­ima chair­man Al­lan Gregg said the two par­ties are back where they’ve been for most of the last four or five years: locked in a vir­tual dead heat, well shy of the sup­port needed to win a ma­jor­ity.

While one party pe­ri­od­i­cally pulls briefly ahead of the other, Gregg said the num­bers in­evitably re­turn “ to a de­fault po­si­tion where both par­ties are es­sen­tially tied.”

“It goes back to 2005, 2004 ar­guably, where re­ally both par­ties have been just kind of stuck in the mud with their wheels spin­ning,” he said.

“ What it shows is that there con­tin­ues to be huge pock­ets of re­sis­tance to both ma­jor al­ter­na­tives that are avail­able for vot­ing choice.”

Na­tion­ally, the poll put the NDP at 16 per cent and the Greens at 10.

In Que­bec, the Bloc Que­be­cois was dom­i­nant with 41 per cent, to 23 per cent for the Lib­er­als, 15 for the Con­ser­va­tives, 10 for the Greens and nine for the NDP.

In On­tario, the Lib­er­als were at 39 per cent to the Tories’ 34 per cent, the NDP’s 15 and the Greens’ 10.

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