Two polls out on the political horse race. Nanos came out late yesterday and Abacus Data released this morning. David Akin takes up both polls below.
Tory bounce heightens election speculation
By DAVID AKIN, PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU CHIEF
OTTAWA — Two new polls out this week have put wind in Conservative sails leading to heightened speculation that Prime Minister Stephen Harper, hopeful of winning a majority government, will try to find a way to end this Parliament and send Canadians to the polls in the spring.
On Tuesday, Abacus Data Inc., a new Ottawa-based polling firm, said the Conservatives enjoy the support of 35% of Canadians. The Liberals trail at 24% and the NDP are at 20%.
Abacus conducted an online survey of 1,361 Canadians between Dec. 3-6. The pollster says its results are accurate to within 2.7 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
And for those who like to look at how polls work and what it all might mean, David lays some of that out here.