Tories hold slight lead over Liberals: poll

A new poll suggests the federal Conservatives have a small lead over the Liberals, weeks after the two parties were virtually tied in public support.
(EKOS)

A new poll suggests the federal Conservatives have a small lead over the Liberals, weeks after the two parties were virtually tied in public support.

According to the latest results from EKOS, released exclusively to CBC News, 32.4 per cent of respondents said they would vote for the Tories if an election were held today, compared with 28.9 per cent for the Liberals. However, the spread is very close to the survey's margin of error.

At 32 per cent support, the Tories have held the slight but statistically significant lead over the past two weeks. The Liberals have also remained steady at 29 per cent support.   

The Conservatives held a comfortable 11-percentage-point lead over the Liberals at the beginning of the summer, but have faced mounting criticism for their moves to scrap the mandatory long-form census and the federal long-gun registry.

The NDP's lead over the Green Party has widened, with the NDP receiving 16.6 per cent support compared with 10.7 per cent for the Greens, according to the poll.

Support for the Bloc Québécois has dropped in two weeks to 8.9 per cent, the poll suggests.

After losing ground in Ontario, the Conservatives appear to be on par in Ontario with the Liberals, the poll suggests.

The Tories have also gained ground in Quebec and Atlantic Canada, but remain in a three-way dead heat with the Liberals and NDP in British Columbia.

The random survey of 1,770  Canadians aged 18 and over was conducted Sept. 8-14 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.