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March/April 2006 Issue

Four Types of Canadian Voters
By Andrew Grenville

Canadians who live outside Quebec can be divided into one of four schools of thought on the federal vote, a special analy of reasons for voting revealed. Stepping back and looking at the big picture, this typology helps us understand who voted how and why. And it uncovers a fascinating picture of the existence of a religious left as well as religious right in English Canada.

Religious Moderates are community minded, attend church regularly and vote Liberal or NDP in support of healthcare for all, social programs and Canadian unity. They voted defensively in this election, hoping to stop Stephen Harper from forming a majority government that they worry could lead to an unravelling of the Canadian social fabric. More likely to be female, urban, in Ontario or Atlantic Canada, church-going Catholic, working- or middle-class, educated, perhaps an immigrant.

Religious Conservatives voted for Harper because they feel Canada is headed in the wrong direction—with Liberal corruption and same-sex marriage serving as red flags. They hoped for a Conservative majority and tend to oppose same-sex marriage and abortion. More likely to be female, rural, in the Prairies, church-going but not Catholic, middle-class, less well educated.

Anti-Harper Progressives are not happy with the outgoing Liberals, but they are frightened by the Conservative Party’s policies so they voted Liberal or NDP. These non-churchgoers are concerned about healthcare, the economy and social programs and are comfortable with the current laws on same-sex marriage and abortion. More likely to be female, urban, in British Columbia, United Church and/or not attending, working- or middle-class, more educated

Economic Conservatives hoped for a Harper-led majority government, because they feel Canada needs to get back on track. They are bothered about corruption, the economy, taxes and crime. These unchurched and more well-to-do Canadians are generally in favour of the current abortion law, but many would like to see same-sex civil unions rather than marriage for gay couples. More likely to be male, rural, in Alberta, United Church and/or not attending, middle- to upper-middle-class, less well educated, unlikely to be an immigrant.


Other Articles
Mar/Apr 2006 Issue

Cover Story
Meeting Christians Online: Does Internet Dating Really Work?

Beware of the Con Man

Featured Articles
Church, Conscience, Corruption and the Conservatives

Four Types of Canadian Voters

A Provocative Public Voice

How to Lose Weight and Gain a Congregation

From the Editor
Blind Dating Online

The Gathering Place
Have Evangelical Optics Changed?

Guest Column
Is Homelessness a Government Problem?

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