Canadians who consider religion to be important in their lives were still more likely to vote for the Conservative Party in 2015, finds new research from the University of Waterloo. This religion effect on voting behaviour is one of the strongest sociodemographic effects on vote choice in Canada.
"We found that an individual's strong religious beliefs and active involvement in a religious group affected their voting behaviour," said Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, assistant professor of sociology at Waterloo. "These more religious individuals have, on average, more traditional moral views, and are in turn more likely to support (conservative) candidates and parties who are perceived to share their values."
Research - Wilkins-Laflamme - Co-author - Sam - Reimer
For their research, Wilkins-Laflamme and co-author Sam Reimer, professor of sociology at Crandall University, analyzed data from the 2004 to 2015 Canadian Election Studies (CES) to measure the link between religiosity and voting behaviour, with a focus on the Conservative Party vote. The CES is run during every federal election, and the data used by the researchers covered five elections.
The study found that in 2015 an estimated 49 per cent of voters considered religion to be important or very important in their lives. In turn, 43 per cent of voters who considered religion to be very...
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