The majority of British Columbia residents support mandatory voting in federal elections, according to a recent poll.
Research Co. conducted an online survey of 800 adults in BC between August 7 to 10.
According to the results, 57% of residents “think voting should be mandatory in Canadian federal elections,” 33% disagreed, and 7% said they were undecided.
Mario Canseco, president of Research Co. notes that “public support for compulsory voting in British Columbia is lowest among residents aged 18-to-34 (49%)” while “members of Generation X (61%) and Baby Boomers (60%) are more likely to agree with this idea.”
The poll also surveyed British Columbians on their thoughts regarding federal leaders and autonomy.
The majority (72%) of BC residents feel that “most federal politicians have to follow the party line and have little to no autonomy.”
The results also found that British Columbians feel a disconnect with the federal parties.
Nearly 3 in 5 residents (58%) agree that “There is currently no federal political party that truly represents [their] views.”
The federal election will take place on October 21.
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