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The Conservatives have vaulted to a nine-point lead over
the incumbent Liberals with less than two weeks to go
before election day, a new poll suggests.
The Decima Research poll, conducted Jan. 5-8, gave
Stephen Harper's Tories up to 36 per cent support among
voters who said they were either decided or leaning one
way and likely to vote. That's up six points from Decima's
last poll, conducted the previous week.
Paul Martin's Liberals, meanwhile, plummeted five points
to 27 per cent, their support among left-of-centre voters
eroded by the New Democrats, while Tories have eaten
away at Liberal support outside major urban centres and in
"The Liberals are hurting on three different flanks,'' said
Decima CEO Bruce Anderson.
The poll, made available exclusively to The Canadian Press,
found NDP support up slightly at 20 per cent. Support for
the Bloc Quebecois was down slightly at 11 per cent.
Decima surveyed 1,021 voters by telephone for the poll,
which is considered accurate to within plus or minus 3.1
percentage points, 19 times out of 20. The margin of error
for regional results is higher: six percentage points for
Ontario and 7.5 percentage points for Quebec.
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