Voter indifference arises from evolving trends, lack of trust: experts


A recent Ipsos survey found that less than a week after the election day, voters were concerned about indifference and low turnout, with more than 35% of Canadian voters dislike any party. It has been shown that 13% are “completely undecided”. About which candidate they vote for.

Hamish Telford, Associate Professor The Dean of Political Science at the University of the Fraser Valley states that there are “various long-term trends” that make today’s voters less enthusiastic than they were in the past.

“The subdivision of the party system represents some of that dissatisfaction,” Telford told The Epoch Times.

“People don’t attend parties like they used to, so they don’t have the same membership as before. Members tend to get older and young people don’t attend parties at all.”

He also said that it may be difficult these days to attract voters who are disillusioned with the party they have traditionally supported to another option.

“Now we tend to consider people with different political opinions as evil and try to destroy the country, so there is a change in perception and tone, rather than people pulling ideas further apart. That’s funny. We’re discussing smaller policy differences, but we’re even farther away from the world. “

Regarding the leaders’ debate, Telford suspects that they may have made voters more involved.

“The answer was shallow, and of course it was shallow. [the leaders] I didn’t have enough time to explain the answer, “he said.

“I showed [the 1984 and 1988] The debate with my students and they were incredible. Like,’Did you actually see it? Does anyone see this? And you were then three highly educated men standing on the three-hour stage explaining the policy.

“Culture since then has not allowed it. Political leaders have not been trained to do it, and citizens are no longer trained to do that kind of movement.”

Wanda Krause, a political scientist and assistant professor at Royal Roads University in British Columbia, is a liberal part of the Canadians due to slow progress on some issues, such as clean drinking water for the indigenous community. I think I was disappointed.

“Canadians really want to see change. They really want their problems to be raised and taken seriously, but at the same time, some people don’t know who else to vote for. So I’m a little dissatisfied with that, “Klaus said in an interview.

According to an Ipsos survey released on September 9, 30% of all Canadians do not know which party has the best plans for Canada’s post-COVID future, while the majority of undecided voters (78%) feel the same. All the same. “

In addition, surveys show that undecided voters are often non-voters on election days, as they can be the most difficult to motivate.

“When they heard of different platforms for our potential leaders and current leaders, they probably didn’t seem to be as different as they used to be. It said,” If not so big, I’m going to vote for anyone. Still, so much is happening in Canadian life that we don’t spend too much time reading about the different platforms, “says Klaus.

Malcolm Bird, a political scientist at the University of Winnipeg, believes that one of the reasons for voters’ dissatisfaction is that criticism has deprived the government of respect in general for reasons that may not be fair.

“I don’t think people really understand that being in government isn’t easy,” he said. “You have to make really difficult choices. Resources are limited, everyone is dissatisfied, incredible time and information, and external pressure. “

Lack of trust is also a factor, Klaus said, pointing out that on some issues voters may not be confident that the leaders running for election will keep their promises.

“Do the leaders say they’re trying to do it, and is it convincing? Is it not only politically correct, but a real solution? [ones] Or lip service? “She says.

“Are they walking? I think there’s a bit of a crisis here, not in terms of compassion and involvement, but in terms of trust. Canadians want more,” Leader Are they fulfilling their promises? ”Many Canadians feel that our leaders are not. And I don’t know if Canadians also feel they are being listened to. “

Lee Harding

Lee Harding is a Saskatchewan-based journalist and think tank researcher and contributor to The Epoch Times.

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