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CAQ in majority territory: polls

Two new opinion polls released Friday suggest the Coalition Avenir Québec would easily form the next Quebec government if an election were held.

François Legault's party gathers support following merger with ADQ

Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) Leader Francois Legault will run in the L'Assomption riding in the next provincial election. (Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)

Two new opinion polls released Friday suggest the Coalition Avenir Québec would easily form the next Quebec government if an election were held.  

The CAQ announced this week that it was merging with the Action Démocratique du Québec.

Friday's polls suggest the move has galvanized support for the newly formed party and it's leader, François Legault.  

A poll conducted by CROP for La Presse newspaper found 39 per cent of respondents in favor of the CAQ, with 28 per cent favoring the Liberal Party, and 18 per cent favoring the Parti Québécois. A second poll, conducted by Léger Marketing for Le Devoir newspaper, found 37 per cent in support of the CAQ, with 24 per cent supporting the PQ, and 22 supporting the Liberals.

By those numbers, if an election were held now, the CAQ could win close to 100 of the national assembly's 125 seats, easily forming a majority government.

The PQ and Liberals could be reduced to about a dozen seats each.  

Not surprising: analyst

 Thierry Giasson, a professor of communications at Laval University, said given the current political climate, the results are not surprising.  

"We're not willing to give sovereignty another chance in the near future, and we're not content with the Liberal government," said Giasson.  

"There is a buzz around François Legault.  A buzz that is not necessarily grounded in issues or values, because we don't really know what they want to do."  

Quebecers will get a better idea of Legault's plans in the spring, when the CAQ holds its first policy convention. That could change, however, if Premier Jean Charest decides to call an election before then.

Legault announced this week that he will run in the L'Assomption riding in the next provincial election.

With files from the Canadian Press