MONTREAL — The Quebec Liberal Party is on pace to win a majority government, according to a new poll by Leger conducted exclusively for QMI Agency.
The federalist party picked up 40% of respondent support in the poll, which was conducted March 21-23.
The separatist Parti Quebecois, which was in majority territory before its leader Pauline Marois dissolved the legislature two weeks ago, received 33%.
The turnaround in PQ fortunes is widely believed to have been caused by voter fear that a PQ majority government would hold a referendum on sovereignty and trigger economic and social turmoil.
The Coalition Avenir Quebec, which held 18 seats in Quebec's 125-seat legislature, received 15% support in Leger's latest poll.
Leger surveyed slightly fewer than 3,700 people — its largest sample of voters during the 2014 campaign.
The poll indicated the Liberals are strongest in the Montreal and Quebec City areas, as well as the region near the Ontario border.