Monday, February 27th, 2012

Stats Can Says University Degree Grads More Likely to Vote

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Statistics CanadaStatistics Canada’s numbers show that people who pick up a university degree are more likely to pick up a voting ballot.

Based on the numbers from last year’s federal election, Stats Can says that people aged 25 to 34 with a university education are more than twice as likely to vote, versus someone with only a high-school education.

Even in the age 55 and above demographic, the difference in voter turnout is present. Stats Can’s numbers showed that, even though seniors vote in high numbers, if you’re over the age of 55 without a university degree, you’re less likely to vote than a degree-holder at the same age.

Overall, the voter turnout in May’s federal election was tallied at 61 per cent. This is par for the course in recent elections, with a comparable turnout in the 2000 federal election. However, these numbers are down almost 15 per cent from elections held in the 1970s and 1980s.

Recent provincial elections in both Quebec and Ontario also drew new benchmarks for low voter turnout, with each province barely seeing half of their population making it to the polls.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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