Conservatives widen lead: poll

The federal Conservatives are extending their lead over the Liberals with a near seven-point advantage over their rivals, a new EKOS poll suggests.

The federal Conservatives have extended their lead over the Liberals, with a near seven-point advantage over their rivals, a new EKOS poll suggests.

According to the latest results from EKOS, released exclusively to CBC News, 34.4 per cent of respondents said they would vote for the Tories if an election were held today — up from 33.1 per cent two weeks ago.

The Liberals received 27.8 per cent support, down from 29.9 per cent.

The New Democrats received 15.8 per cent support, up more than two percentage points from two weeks ago, according to EKOS.

Meanwhile, support for the Green Party remained roughly the same at 10.4 per cent while support for the Bloc Québécois dropped slightly to 9.3 per cent, the new poll suggests.

The random survey of 1,832 Canadians aged 18 and over was conducted Oct. 6-12 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Ontario deadlocked

A look at regional vote intentions over the past two weeks shows the Conservatives were well ahead in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan but in a tight race with the NDP in British Columbia, the poll suggests.

In Ontario, the Conservatives and Liberals are "locked in a virtual stalemate," with 35.7 and 36.1 per cent support respectively, EKOS suggests.

In Atlantic Canada, the Liberals led with 34 per cent, while the Tories stood at 32.2 per cent and the NDP at 22 per cent.

The Bloc Québécois was leading in Quebec with 38.2 per cent support, followed by the Liberals with 23 per cent and the Conservatives with 14.6 per cent.

The regional vote intention data is based on a two-week panel of nearly 5,000 cases, EKOS said.