Canada’s ruling Conservatives add support in poll

* Poll is second to suggest Conservatives over the worst

* Next election expected in first half of 2011

OTTAWA, Oct 14 (BestGrowthStock) – Canada’s ruling Conservatives
have opened up a seven-point lead over their closest rivals but
would only be able to create a weak minority government if an
election were held now, a poll indicated on Thursday.

The regular Ekos survey for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp
was the second poll in two days to show that the Conservatives
seem to have survived a series of political problems over the
past three months.

Ekos put support for the Conservatives at 34.4 percent, up
from 33.1 percent in a poll done by the same firm two weeks
ago. Backing for the main opposition Liberals slipped to 27.8
percent from 29.9 percent.

The Conservatives won a minority government in January 2006
and strengthened their grip on power in an October 2008
election. But they do not hold a majority of seats in the House
of Commons and need opposition support to pass major bills such
as budgets.

Most political observers expect the government to be
brought down over its next budget, in February or March 2011.

Under Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system, a
party needs around 36 percent support to create a stable
minority government. The Ekos poll suggests the Conservatives
could have trouble winning enough seats to survive for long.

The Ekos automated telephone survey of 1,832 adults was
conducted between Oct 6 and 12 and is considered accurate to
within 2.3 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren)

Canada’s ruling Conservatives add support in poll