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01-14-2015, 05:02 PM
Justin Trudeau's Liberals lead among women, Stephen Harper's Conservatives among men


An article in Chatelaine magazine last year asked, "Is Justin Trudeau the candidate women have been waiting for?" The polls suggest that, for a plurality of women, he just might be.
But does that make Stephen Harper the candidate for men?
Women are an important electoral demographic not just because they make up a little over half of the Canadian population they're also more likely to vote.
 2015 election: Women make up a third of candidates so far
An Elections Canada study estimated that turnout among women in the 2011 federal election was more than two percentage points higher than it was among men. Turnout among women was higher than among men in battleground provinces like Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia.
Polls have consistently shown that Trudeau's Liberals hold a distinct advantage over the Conservatives among female voters. In federal polls conducted since early December that included breakdowns of support by gender, the Liberals have averaged 37 per cent among women. The Conservatives, by comparison, have averaged just 28 per cent support. The New Democrats trailed in third with an average of 22 per cent support among women.

Average of federal polls (conducted Dec. 4 to Jan. 6) showing support by gender. (Abacus Data, Forum Research, EKOS Research)
But if the Liberals are the first choice of Canadian women voters, the Conservatives are the first choice of men. The party has averaged 36 per cent support among men in these same polls, with the Liberals placing in second with 34 per cent. The New Democrats averaged 18 per cent support among men.
The Conservative imbalance between the sexes is greater than either of their two main rivals, both in absolute terms and relative to their overall support. It follows, then, that Harper would be well-served if he could improve his support levels among women.
Liberals gain among women at NDP's expense
However, the Conservatives have not disproportionately lost more support among women than they have among men. If we look at polling conducted by Abacus Data just before and shortly after the 2011 federal election, we can estimate that the Conservatives took about 45 per cent of the vote among men and 35 per cent among women. This means that, based on current polling levels, the party has retained four-fifths of its support among both sexes.
The Liberals, on the other hand, have disproportionately increased their support among women, suggesting that the Chatelaine headline may not have been too far off the mark. But Trudeau has taken that extra support away from women who voted for the NDP in 2011, rather than the Conservatives. Whereas the New Democrats have retained about 69 per cent of their support among men, they have kept just 61 per cent of it among women.
This is especially problematic for NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. Based on those Abacus polls from around the 2011 election, it could very well be the case that the NDP under Jack Layton had narrowly won the women vote, taking a similarly disproportionate share as the Conservatives did among men. Under former leader Michael Ignatieff, the Liberals had roughly the same level of support among both men and women.
To have electoral success this fall, the Liberal leader will have to hold on to the new support he has drawn from women. But with the Conservatives still leading among male voters, Trudeau will need to show that he is also the candidate men have been waiting for in order to win.

01-14-2015, 05:05 PM
so as the liberals slip lower in these weekly polls will they be looking at every demography or just the ones that show them in some type of lead

Camo tung
01-14-2015, 05:28 PM
Similarity to a giant tampon not withstanding....

01-14-2015, 06:43 PM
There is a gap in the information which makes it pretty hard to use. For example - if you READ the study done by Elections canada you will see that the older people got, the more it was men who turned out than women. And - the older people got the more likely they were to vote. The differences between men and women were also not as high in 2008.

So without knowing the breakdown of the age of the women who were 'more likely to vote liberal' it's hard to actually calculate the likely advantage or disadvantage. Younger women may be more likely to vote for trudeau for example, but they're also much less likely to vote at all vs women who are older. So if older women prefer the CPC and younger women prefer the libs, even tho women overall prefer libs the actual voting population may favor the cpc. Not saying that's how it is- just pointing out that without knowing this data is kind of useless.

But yeah - it really does look like they're just trying to come up with ANY reason for the public to think the libs aren't slipping and still have a chance of taking the election :)

Interesting that support for the ndp is so low with women. I think that's the 'angry tom' effect.