The untapped power of the non-voter

, April 21, 2011

The last time we held a federal election, more people voted for nobody than for anybody. The total number of eligible voters who stayed home on election day was not only higher than the total number of people who voted for any single party, but also higher than the number of people who voted for […]

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Canuckology: The British Columbian

, April 18, 2011

Earlier in the week, I pledged to take a look at the first several chapters of Canuckology, which deal with the sensibilities and priorities of Canadians by region. Let’s start our account just as authors Darrell Bricker and John Wright start theirs: with British Columbia. British Columbia is currently a Liberal province presided over by […]

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Random sampling, election polling and lunch

, April 16, 2011

I’ve just started reading a book called Canuckology by pollsters Darrel Bricker and John Wright. It’s intended to be an account of “what Canadians think and why,” based on meticulous market research. Among other things, its introduction contains a rather eloquent summary of what polling actually is. “Imagine that you have 100 people in a […]

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