Nearly half of Canadians want an election: poll

Survey suggests 49 per cent want to head to the polls

Nearly half of Canadians would like a federal election in 2011, a new Angus Reid/Toronto Star poll has found. Of the 1,000 Canadians surveyed online, 49 per cent said they would not mind an election next year. A majority of them, 58 per cent, are either Liberal Party or New Democratic Party supporters, whereas 43 per cent had voted for the Conservative Party in 2008. Regardless of their political leanings, though, a majority of Canadians (57 per cent) thought an election was likely in the new year, while just over two in ten (2.4 per cent) thought this was unlikely. Nearly half (48 per cent) said they thought the Conservatives would maintain their hold on power.

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