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Conservatives still tops: Poll

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

Opposition hysteria over voter mischief allegations has done nothing to dent Conservative popularity, says an exclusive national poll that shows the governing party trumping its rivals.

The Conservatives hold a nine percentage point lead over the leaderless NDP, and are 17 percentage points over the Bob Rae-led Liberals, says an Abacus Data survey conducted March 9-13.

The Tories enjoyed the support of 37% adults polled compared to 28% for the New Democrats and 20% for the Liberals.

The surging Bloc Quebecois lead all federal parties in La Belle Province with 33% support, followed by the NDP at 28%, Tories at 17% and Grits at 16%.

But it's not all roses for Prime Minister Stephen Harper as his popularity is slipping, the government's approval rating is sinking, and more Canadians think the country is on the wrong track, suggests the poll of 1,003 people.

On the robocall issue, 48% of respondents said the issue would have no impact on their vote, while 43% said they are less likely to vote Conservative as a result.

But 6% said they would be more likely to vote Tory, while 3% were unsure.

"The impact of the robocall issue, as it stands now, is a further polarization of the electorate between those who support the Conservatives and those who don't," Abacus CEO David Coletto said.

The online poll has a margin of error plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.