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A new poll shows Canadians are far more likely to vote Liberal than the pollsters say

More than two-thirds of Canadians say they are more likely than the federal Conservatives to vote for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in a federal election, a new poll finds.

The poll was conducted by Abacus Data on behalf of The Globe and Mail.

In addition to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, more than half of respondents said they would be more likely if Trudeau won the federal election on Oct. 19, according to the poll.

That’s up from the 43 per cent who said they were more likely in a recent Abacus poll conducted in January.

The Abacus survey also found Trudeau is leading the Conservatives by double-digits in most regions.

In the Greater Toronto Area, Trudeau is up to a 14-point lead over Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose in the latest poll, 47 per cent to 42 per cent.

In Ontario, the Liberals are up two points to 23 per cent support.

Among Quebecers, Liberal leader Philippe Couillard is up one point to 27 per cent, while the Conservatives are down one point.

The numbers come as Trudeau has faced widespread criticism for what critics say is a lack of transparency and a lack on the part of Trudeau’s campaign about how it is spending the funds that it raises.

The Liberals have said they will spend about $2.5 million of the $3.5-billion raised in a bid to fill cabinet positions.

Trudeau’s team has said the funds will be used to help elect members of the federal parliament and ensure that Trudeau is not re-elected.

Abacus polled 2,074 Canadians online from Aug. 23 to Sept. 5.

The online poll of 1,726 people was conducted online using interactive voice response.

A total of 1.6 million Canadians were contacted.