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NEWS: Harper Conservatives at 37.3 per cent support in EKOS poll

CBC.ca reports this afternoon that, “The federal Conservatives have opened up a 12½-point lead over the opposition Liberals — their largest lead since October 2009 — a new EKOS survey suggests. The latest results from EKOS, released exclusively to CBC News, found 37.3 per cent of respondents said they would vote for Stephen Harper’s Conservatives if an election were held now, …24.8 per cent who said they’d vote for Michael Ignatieff’s Liberals, …Jack Layton’s New Democrats received the support of 14.2 per cent of respondents, while the Green Party received 10.7 per cent and 9.9. per cent backed the Bloc Québécois.”

“The Tories’ lead increased by two percentage points since the previous EKOS poll, released two weeks ago. The Liberals saw their support drop by more than three percentage points since Jan. 27. NDP support remained steady, while the Greens and Bloc each saw an increase of less than a percentage point.”

“Liberal support, the survey suggests, is lower than the result in the 2008 federal election — the party’s worst-ever showing at the polls.”

For additional background reading on the expected federal election, please see these recent campaign blogs:

NEWS: Border security declaration likely to be a major election issue, http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=6280

UPDATE: Flaherty says a March budget, April 11 election?, http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=6238

UPDATE: Federal election speculation continues, http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=6230

NEWS: A federal election on corporate tax cuts?, http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=5921

NEWS: A federal election this spring?, http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=5891.