Jan. 19, 2003
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Alliance sinks to No. 4: Poll

OTTAWA (CP) The once-formidable Canadian Alliance has subsided to fourth place in public support, a new poll suggests.

The official Opposition under leader Stephen Harper was backed by 10.5 per cent of decided voters surveyed by EKOS Ltd. in a poll commissioned by CBC News Sunday.

That's down from 15.9 per cent in an EKOS poll in December and from 25.5 per cent in a similar survey conducted just after the last federal election in November 2000 when the party was led by Stockwell Day.

The governing Liberals were supported by 52.1 per cent of respondents in the new poll, up from 46.7 per cent in December and 40.9 after the election.

The Progressive Conservatives claimed the No. 2 position in the new poll but remained far behind the Liberals at 13.8 per cent, down from 14.4 last month and compared with 12.2 in 2000.

But the Tories were virtually tied with the New Democrats, fractionally behind at 13.6 percent. That's up from 11.2 in December and 8.5 per cent in the post-election poll.

The Bloc Quebecois trailed at 6.9 per cent, down from 8.4 in December and 10.7 per cent in 2000.

Twenty-five per cent of respondents were undecided about how they would vote in the next election.

The poll surveyed 1,001 voters between Jan. 14-16. The results are considered accurate within plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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