Poll CROP: a five Quebecers know who runs the country

sondage-crop-presse-indique-20Some 20% of Quebecers are unaware that it is the Conservative Party that holds the reins of power in Ottawa, according to a survey by the CROP house that tests of political knowledge population.Une study that raises crucial questions to two months of voting Federal.

A fifth of the population confused

Which party is the federal government? Who is the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada (DFC)? And that the New Democratic Party (NDP)? Most questions (always answer choices) posed by the polling firm détectaient a good fifth of respondents unaware of the database on federal policy.

“It’s there, but we note that there is often confusion in people’s minds between the provincial and federal,” said Youri Rivest, CROP. This is what may account for only 8% of respondents think that Pierre Karl Péladeau leads the Bloc Quebecois or the same proportion think the Liberals in power in Ottawa.

The 55 and older and men better informed

Respondents aged 18-34 and those females were significantly less knowledgeable than others, concluded CROP. Thus, only 72% of women surveyed knew that they were led by a Conservative government (against 89% of men). These figures further decrease in youth. Indeed, only 68% of those under age 35 knew (against 79% of 35-54 and 91% aged 55 and over).

A link turnout

André Blais, a professor at the University of Montreal (UdeM) specializes in Electoral Studies, conducted research on the relationship between political knowledge and participation in the democratic process. According to his analysis, young people have more knowledge about public affairs, they will be more inclined to go to a polling station on Day J. “For sure there is a link” has-t he said in a telephone interview. “This is not the only factor, but it is certain that there is a link […] The relative influence of that factor with respect to others, it is not easy to assess. ”

Methodology
The survey was conducted among 1,000 respondents from 12 to 17 August through a web panel. The results were weighted to reflect the distribution of the adult population of Quebec. Given the sample of non-probability, calculation of the margin of error does not apply.

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