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Political Choice MattersExplaining the Strength of Class and Religious Cleavages in Cross-National Perspective$
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Geoffrey Evans and Nan Dirk de Graaf

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199663996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663996.001.0001

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The Class-Party Relationship in Canada, 1965–2004 *

The Class-Party Relationship in Canada, 1965–2004 *

(p.165) 7 The Class-Party Relationship in Canada, 1965–2004*
Political Choice Matters

Robert Andersen

Oxford University Press

Using Canadian Election Study data, this chapter explores the class-party relationship in Canada from 1965-2004. The main finding is consistent with previous research—class matters but only slightly, and only for support for the New Democratic Party (NDP). Specifically, working class people are significantly more likely than others to vote for the NDP. This chapter also provide some new findings, however. In contrast to the experience of many other modern democracies, class voting in Canada remained relatively stable over the four decades under study. There is also no indication that religion and education are any more important than social class in predicting vote, or that the relative importance of class changed over time. Finally, the chapter provides evidence suggesting that the increasing ideological distances between parties on the left-right dimension may have contributed to stability in class voting, although the results cannot discount the possibility that class voting remained fairly stable simply because it was already very low.

Keywords:   social class, voting, canada, social change, left-right ideology

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