Electoral Chair’s Seminar – 21 February

The Heterogeneity of Social Pressure to Vote in Canada

Maxime Coulombe-Western University, Laura French Bourgeois-Western, Allison Harell-UQAM, and Laura Stephenson-Western

This study investigates the prevalence, influence, and heterogeneity of social pressure to vote in Canada, addressing a gap in the existing literature primarily focused on the United States. Utilizing data from diverse surveys, including the 2019 Canadian Election Study and Elections Canada’s National Youth Surveys, we examine perceptions of descriptive, injunctive, and mobilization pressure across demographic groups, regions, and partisan affiliations within Canada. Our analysis unfolds in two stages: first, identifying where social pressure is most prevalent and for whom, and second, determining under which circumstances social pressure is most influential on voter turnout. We will present preliminary results.

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This content has been updated on 16 February 2024 at 9 h 46 min.