Vote Choice in Canada
- Bill Clinton’s phrase was well known as “It’s the economy, stupid!”
o Focus was heavy on the economy
- Why do Canadians vote the way they do?
o They are going to be “rational” and self-interested
o Based choice on personal utility
- Aggregate data
o Collected at the constituency level by Elections Canada
o Electoral return data
Attitudinal variables exist
o Canadian election studies
Occur during and immediately after elections
Sampling issues and limitations
Sample sizes and subpopulations
Validity of responses
Example: voter turnout
- Social determinants of vote choices in Canada
o Welfare recipients/beneficiaries?
o Homeless people usually won’t vote
o Place of residence?
- Region in vote choice
o West, Quebec