Canada ruling Conservatives’ support slips a bit

* Election now would result in deadlock, says survey

* Neither of two main parties exciting public-pollster

OTTAWA, Oct 19 (BestGrowthStock) – Public support for Canada’s
governing Conservatives has slipped slightly and the party is
almost tied with its main rival, ensuring that an election held
now would result in deadlock, according to a poll released on
Tuesday.

The Harris-Decima survey for Canadian Press put the
Conservatives’ popular support at 32 percent, down one
percentage point from a poll done by the same firm a month
earlier. The opposition Liberals were steady at 30 percent.

Last week two polls showed the Conservatives pulling ahead
of the Liberals, indicating they had a chance of winning
another minority government in an election widely expected in
the first half of next year.

The Harris-Decima poll covers the period last week when the
government lost a high-profile bid to win a temporary seat on
the United Nations Security Council.

“We’re in a situation where none of the political parties
have (managed) to capture the public’s imagination in any way
sufficient to cause any kind of electoral realignment,” said
Harris-Decima pollster Allan Gregg.

Under Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system, a
party needs around 36 percent of the vote to win a workable
minority in the House of Commons.

The Conservatives came to power with a minority in early
2006 and won a strengthened minority in October 2008, which
means they need the support of opposition legislators to
govern.

The survey of 2,020 adults was conducted between Oct. 7 and
17 and is considered accurate to within plus or minus 2.2
percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Peter Galloway)

Canada ruling Conservatives’ support slips a bit