Canada

Liberal party has slight edge ahead of federal election: poll

The governing Liberal party appears to have a slight edge over its contenders ahead of a fall election, while Green Party leader Elizabeth May is the favourite among leaders, according to a new poll.

The poll, which was conducted from July 15 to July 17, asked respondents which party they would vote for if an election was held the following day, and 34 per cent said they’d choose their Liberal candidate.

The Conservative Party is in a close second with 31 per cent, followed by the New Democratic Party with 17 per cent, the Green Party with 10 per cent, the Bloc Québécois with four per cent and the People’s Party with three per cent, according to the poll.

May had the highest approval rating of all five contenders at 42 per cent, followed Trudeau at 41 per cent, Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer at 36 per cent, and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh at 35 per cent.

The top election issues appear to be the economy and jobs, health, and the environment. Those were followed by housing, homelessness, and poverty, and immigration.

In British Columbia, the top issue was housing homelessness, and poverty (24 per cent) followed by health care (16 per cent) and the environment (13 per cent.)

The complete data table for the poll can be found here.

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Green Party leader Elizabeth May and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

ticrawford@postmedia.com

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