Political Engagement in Canada

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Published on 12 Oct 2012
School
U of S
Department
Political Studies
Course
POLS 205
POLS 205
2011-01-13
Political Engagement in Canada
Voter turnout
- Percent of registered voters that actually voted
- 59% of registered voters came out to vote in 2008
- There is a global trend towards lower turnout
Age is a strong correlate for voting
- Generational change is a factor
o People don’t usually vote at age of 18 that’s part of a age factor
o This won’t change
o Younger generations don’t believe they have a civic duty to vote
Other socio-demographic correlates of voting
- Religion
o Religious people are more likely to vote
- Education
o The more educated they are, the more likely they are to vote
- Marital status
o Married people are more likely to vote than single people, who apparently have
no reason to live.
- Gender
o Men and women do not differ in their voter turnout
Why do non-voters choose not to vote?
- Some people were not voting for personal reasons
Political Dropouts and Political Protesters
- Milner
o Dropouts are idiots who pay no attention
o Protesters are idiots who refuse to vote because they are attempting to sell a
nonsensical message
- If you vote, you are more likely to sign a petition, contact your elected official, write a
letter to the editor, etc.
Non-voting Political Engagement
- Younger people are less likely to engage in non-voting activities than older people.
Political knowledge
- Young people have considerably less knowledge
o Less likely to participate
o Less following of current events
How does non-voting influence election outcomes?
- Elections results would be slightly different if 100% of the voters actually voted
Policy Relevance of Voter Turnout
- Mulroney’s government made cuts to pension amounts and cut social programs
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Percent of registered voters that actually voted. 59% of registered voters came out to vote in 2008. There is a global trend towards lower turnout. Generational change is a factor: people don"t usually vote at age of 18 that"s part of a age factor, this won"t change, younger generations don"t believe they have a civic duty to vote. Religion: religious people are more likely to vote. Education: the more educated they are, the more likely they are to vote. Marital status: married people are more likely to vote than single people, who apparently have no reason to live. Gender: men and women do not differ in their voter turnout. Some people were not voting for personal reasons. Milner: dropouts are idiots who pay no attention, protesters are idiots who refuse to vote because they are attempting to sell a nonsensical message.

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