Canadians with longer commutes likely to lean Conservative

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A new Ipsos poll shows commuters with longer commutes are more likely to vote for the Conservative Party.

The poll was conducted exclusively for Global News found that half of working Canadians surveyed use a car or public transit to travel 10 kilometres or more to work one way.

Among these commuters, the poll found a major difference in terms of who they would vote for on election day.

Close to half (44 per cent) of those who trek at least 10 kilometres to work one way — by car or public transit — would vote Conservative if an election were held tomorrow, while 31 per cent would vote Liberal.

People who commute by car make up “the largest group of commuters by a considerable margin,” he said.

In numerous suburban ridings across Canada, the Liberals and Conservatives are in a close race or simply tied with each other.

Disregarding the length of their commute, almost half of respondents who drive to work said they’re likely to vote Conservative, compared to a quarter (26 per cent) who chose Liberal.

Commuters are “critical” to this election campaign, he said, because the fastest-growing places in Canada are “all commuter communities.”

More than half (53 per cent) of those who use public transit to get to work, regardless of distance, indicated they would likely vote Liberal. Only a quarter (25 per cent) lean towards the Conservative Party.

A breakdown showed that 53 per cent of commuters travelling more than 50 kilometres to work intended to vote Conservative, compared to 21 per cent leaning Liberal and 10 per cent leaning towards the NDP.

Among those travelling 25 to 49 kilometres to work, support for the Tories holds steady and dips only by a few points, as 47 per cent said they lean Conservative, whereas 36 per cent said they intend on voting Liberal.

The poll showed that the issues that matter to commuters more or less reflect the issues that the rest of Canada cares about: a third (33 per cent) of commuters picked health care, another third (32 per cent) picked climate change, and one in four (25 per cent) indicated the economy, when asked what matters the most in determining their vote.

It would seem that those living further and relying on cars to get around are not exactly too concerned with their carbon footprint and other sundry climate issues as renters and those living with no car and using public transit. -CINEWS

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