Many Canadians may not be totally sold on the federal party they plan to vote for in October, but there are already some core issues that have been identified as key items that could sway voting intention as we get closer to election day.
Earlier this month, Yahoo Canada asked its readers what issue is most important to them leading into the federal election. Out of the 5,356 people who voted to date, about 26 per cent, or 1,370 readers, said that immigration was the most important issue for them.
Taxes was identified as the next most important issues, receiving approximately 24 per cent or 1,271 votes, and government accountability was a distant third with 668 votes (12 per cent).
Which leader has a ‘comfortable’ lead?
According to a recent poll from the Angus Reid Institute, an online survey of 2,361 Canadian adults who are members of Angus Reid Forum conducted from July 5 to July 12, one third identified the environment and climate change as their top election issue, followed by 22 per cent who selected health care.
The survey found that Andrew Scheer’s Conservative Party is in a “comfortable” lead with Canadians by eight points.
The reports states that 38 per cent intend to vote for the Conservative Party, while 30 per cent support Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party. Jagmeet Singh’s NDP are at 14 per cent support, with the Green Party sitting at 10 per cent, the Bloc Quebecois at 4 per cent and Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada at 3 per cent.
Of the poll respondents who intend to vote or the Conservative Party, 63 per cent are “absolutely certain” they will not change their mind, while 33 per cent of Liberal supporters say the same.
“Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives continue to dominate in the Prairies, and hold a substantial lead in B.C. Ontario,” the report states.
“The strength of the Conservative Party continues to lie in its appeal to male voters. The CPC holds an advantage in vote intention among all three male age groups, ranging from five points with 18 to 34 year-olds, to 22 points among those over 55.”
So what will it take for you to change your mind about the party you intend to support for in the upcoming election? Vote in the poll above and leave your thoughts in the comments below.