Quebec City Leger poll shows Liberal Party gains

MONTREAL – The latest Quebec election poll shows the Liberal Party pulling ahead in Quebec City.

The Leger Marketing survey was conducted for the Quebec City radio station FM93 after the announcement of the candidacy of Pierre Karl Peladeau for the Parti Quebecois.

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It showed that the Liberal Party has gained seven percentage points – a boost to 39 per cent support in the region – since the last Leger poll conducted on March 5.

Support for the Coalition Avenir Quebec dropped five percentage points to 19 per cent, while Parti Quebecois support remained stable.

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The results of the poll tallied as follows:

Quebec Liberal Party: 39%
Parti Quebecois: 32%
Coalition Avenir Quebec: 19%
Quebec Solidaire: 7%
I don’t know: 5%
I won’t vote: 4%

The Liberals did well in Quebec City ridings during the 2012 election and are hoping to add to their roster of 11 seats.

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Their gains could come at the expense of the Coalition Avenir Quebec, which currently holds six seats in the region.

Christian Bourque, the vice-president of Leger Marketing, explained that the change reflected an “anybody but Pauline” phenomenon.

The fact that Quebec independance has dominated media coverage of the election campaigns also had an effect, he added, noting that many voters were wondering which party would best represent them.

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A polarized election could mean a shift away from the Coalition Avenir Quebec to the Liberals.

The Parti Quebecois and the Liberal Party are fighting for the hearts and votes of people in the region.

Liberal leader Philippe Couillard has been campaigning hard in the area and the Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois is continuing her tour of the Quebec City area on Thursday, where the PQ holds just two seats.

The poll surveyed 643 people on March 11 and 12, 2014, with a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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