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New poll sees support for Liberals surging in run up to debate

Quebec Liberal leader Philippe Couillard cheers during his campaign launch in Quebec City on Wednesday March 5, 2014.
Quebec Liberal leader Philippe Couillard cheers during his campaign launch in Quebec City on Wednesday March 5, 2014. Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – The latest Quebec election poll shows growing support for the Liberal Party in the run up to the first televised leader’s debate.

Conducted for the Toronto Star on March 19, the Forum Research survey revealed that the Liberal Party has gained six percentage points since a Leger Marketing poll conducted on March 11 and 12 in Quebec City. 

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Support for the Parti Quebecois remained stable at 32 per cent, while Coalition Avenir Quebec dropped six percentage points to 13 per cent.

The results of the poll tallied as follows:

Quebec Liberal Party: 45% (39% on Mar. 5)
Parti Quebecois: 32% (32% on Mar. 5)
Coalition Avenir Quebec: 13% (19% on Mar. 5)
Quebec Solidaire: 7% (7% on Mar. 5)

The poll also revealed a significant leap in the approval ratings of Legault – from 32 per cent to 48 per cent since March 5, while Liberal leader Couillard also saw a 10-point jump. 

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The poll surveyed 1,650 people on March 19, 2014, with a margin of error of 3 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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