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What do voters do when they like a local candidate from another party?

  • André Blais (a1) and Jean-François Daoust (a1)

We address two questions: How many voters particularly like a candidate from another party? And do these voters vote for their preferred party or their preferred candidate? We use the Making Electoral Democracy Work data for the 2015 Canadian federal election in three provinces (British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec). We find that one voter out of ten particularly liked a candidate from a party other than the one he or she preferred. For two out of five of such voters, the preference for the local candidate trumped the party preference.


Nous répondons à deux questions: quelle proportion d’électeurs préfère un candidat local qui n'est pas de leur parti préféré? Et est-ce que ces électeurs votent pour le parti préféré ou le candidat? Nous utilisons les données du projet Making Electoral Democracy Work de l’élection fédérale canadienne de 2015 dans trois provinces (Colombie Britannique, Ontario et Québec). Les résultats démontrent qu'un électeur sur dix préfère un candidat local différent de son parti préféré. Par ce sous-groupe, deux électeurs sur cinq vont voter pour le candidat préféré au détriment du parti dans ce sous-groupe.

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Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal, Pavillon Lionel-Groulx, 3150, rue Jean-Brillant, Montréal QC, H3 T 1N8, email:
Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal, Pavillon Lionel-Groulx, 3150, rue Jean-Brillant, Montréal QC, H3 T 1N8, email:
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Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique
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