09/02/2014 04:30 EDT | Updated 11/02/2014 05:59 EST

Liberals held lead in poll around the time New Brunswick election began

FREDERICTON - The Liberal party in New Brunswick held a lead in a public opinion survey conducted around the start of the provincial election campaign.

The poll by Corporate Research Associates suggests the Liberals had the support of 48 per cent of decided and leaning voters.

The survey indicated the Progressive Conservatives had the support of 29 per cent of decided and leaning voters, the NDP had 17 per cent, the Green party four per cent and the People's Alliance of New Brunswick two per cent.

The telephone survey was conducted from Aug. 19-31.

Corporate Research Associates says when applied to New Brunswick voters at large, the survey's margin of error for the figures for decided and leaning voters is plus or minus four percentage points.

Those results are based on a sample size of 588 people.

The polling company says the survey was of 800 people, but some people were undecided, do not plan to vote or did not respond.

The campaign for the Sept. 22 election officially began on Aug. 21.