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Most Vancouver voters chose candidates based on key issues, platform (Poll)

Did you vote in Canada's 2021 federal election based on party, candidate, or platform? 🗳
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Did voters in Vancouver's six federal ridings choose their candidates based on party, the party leader, or the party's platform? We polled our readers.

Voters took to the polls across Canada on Sept. 20 - and by mail in the days beforehand - to choose which candidates would represent them in parliament, and help determine which party would form government.

Vancouver's six ridings voted to send four Liberal party and two NDP candidates to Ottawa, of which five were incumbent MPs. The sixth, Liberal Taleeb Noormohamed, took Vancouver Granville in a hotly contested vote that found him less than four hundred votes ahead of his nearest opponent, the NDP candidate.

Here's who won in each of Vancouver's six ridings:

  • Vancouver Centre: Hedy Fry (Liberal)
  • Vancouver East: Jenny Kwan (NDP)
  • Vancouver Granville: Taleeb Noormohamed (Liberal)
  • Vancouver Kingsway: Don Davies (NDP)
  • Vancouver Quadra: Joyce Murray (Liberal)
  • Vancouver South:   Harjit S. Sajjan (Liberal)

Do Vancouver's voters cast ballots based on the party? Are they voting strategically? Or do they choose whose party best addresses an issue they deem important?

Vancouver Is Awesome polled 719 Vancouver Is Awesome readers and asked the question: What primary factor determined your vote in the 2021 Canadian federal election?

Though Vancouver is ending up sending some long-time MPs back to Ottawa, just 17.10% of poll respondents said they made their choice based on the individual candidates running. Nearly a fifth (19.43%) said they voted based on party.

However, issue or platform-driven voting was the most popular option, with 34.2% of Vancouver voters polled indicating that's how they determined who got their vote.

A previous V.I.A. poll found that when it came to key issues in the election that housing and affordability were top concerns. 

Of the 400 locals who responded, 33.5% cited housing and affordability as being the top issue.

The second-most pressing issue for Vancouver voters according to the V.I.A. poll is environment and climate change, at 23.75% of the vote, with pandemic response and spending third with 20.25% of the vote.

V.I.A. poll: What primary factor determined your vote in the 2021 Canadian federal election?

The poll ran from 9/20/2021 to 9/25/2021. Of the 719 votes, we can determine that 386 are from within the community. 

The party 19.43 % local, 18.50 % total    
The party leader 16.06 % local, 18.78 % total    
My local MP candidate 17.10 % local, 15.44 % total    
The party's platform/issue-based 34.20 % local, 33.24 % total    
Strategy 9.33 % local, 8.21 % total    
Other 3.89 % local, 5.84 % total    
  Local   Total

Results are based on an online study of adult Vancouver Is Awesome readers that are located in Vancouver. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- %, 19 times out of twenty.

Vancouver Is Awesome uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.