Canada's leftist NDP leads election poll

Canada's New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair speaks during an electoral meeting in Montreal, August 10, 2015 (AFP Photo/Marc Braibant)

Ottawa (AFP) - Canada's leftist New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair is leading polls two months ahead of general elections, while support for Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper is falling, a survey said Saturday.

The NDP has 33 percent of the vote, up one point since last month, while the Conservatives are polling at 27 percent, down five points, the Leger research group said.

The Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau, the son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, are polling in second with 28 percent of the vote, up three points.

It is the first time the Liberals have polled ahead of the Conservatives since May, said Leger, which conducted the poll for Canadian newspapers Le Devoir and the Journal de Montreal.

Meanwhile, six percent of respondents cast their support for the Green Party, while the Bloc Quebecois polled at five percent, it said.

An Ipsos survey released Wednesday gave the NDP and Conservatives the lead with 33 and 31 percent respectively, followed by the Liberals with 28 percent.

Leger said 61 percent of respondents were in favor of a change of government while 23 percent were in favor of the ruling Conservatives. The remaining respondents did not comment.

The survey of 2,095 Canadians was conducted from August 10 to 12 and has a 2.1 percent margin of error.

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