Four national polls conducted in the past eight days show the federal election race as being between the governing Liberals and the Conservatives.
Three of the polls have the Liberals in the lead, while one has the Conservatives leading the way — with the distance between the two parties in voter support within all but one poll’s margins of error:
• A Nanos Research poll released on Aug. 30 has the Liberals at 35.4 per cent and the Conservatives at 31.3 per cent, with a margin of error of plus/minus 3.1 per cent.
• An Ekos poll released on Aug. 29 has the Liberals at 37.2 per cent and the Conservatives at 32.9 per cent, with a margin of error of plus/minus 3.5 per cent.
• A Leger poll released on Aug. 29 has the Liberals at 34 per cent and the Conservatives at 33 per cent, with a margin of error of plus/minus three per cent.
• An Abacus Data poll released on Aug. 29 has the Conservatives at 34 per cent and the Liberals at 33 per cent, with a margin of error of plus/minus three per cent.
According to the four polls, the remaining parties — NDP, Green, Bloc Québécois and People’s — are well back among voter preferences.
All four parties came in at 17 per cent or less of voter support in all the polls.
The NDP is running third in two of the polls, is tied with the Greens in one poll and sits fourth in another poll.
The Greens are fourth in two polls, are tied for third with the NDP in one poll and are third in another poll.
The Bloc is fifth in all polls and the People’s Party sits sixth in all polls.
Nanos contacted 1,000 people by telephone. Ekos contacted 902 people by computerized telephone calls, Leger contacted 2,102 people online and Abacus Data connected with 4,549 people online.