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Poll suggests plenty Canadians voted strategically to stop a party from winning

Last Updated Oct 29, 2019 at 11:08 am EDT

Voters enter the polling station at St. Luigi Catholic School during election day in Toronto on Oct. 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

A new poll suggests more than one-third of Canadians voted strategically in last week’s federal election to stop another party from winning.

Thirty-five per cent of respondents to the Leger poll said their decision about who to support took into account the chances that their vote would prevent another party’s candidate from being victorious.

And almost as many waited until the final week of the campaign to make their choice.

Thirteen per cent made a decision during the last week, six per cent during the final weekend before the Monday vote, and another 10 per cent literally didn’t decide until the last minute on voting day.

Those results suggest a good number of voters waited to see which way the wind was blowing before casting their ballots, motivated at least in part by a desire to prevent the outcome they least wanted.

The online survey of 1,503 adult Canadians was conducted Oct. 22-24 for The Canadian Press and weighted to reflect the makeup of Canada’s population; it cannot be assigned a margin of error because internet-based polls are not considered random samples.

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