Expert: Religion influences voting behaviour more than age, gender, other factors

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ongoing research shows that religious affiliation and the importance people assign to religion influence their vote more than age, gender, marital status, level of education, household income or birth location.

Professor Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme of the University of Waterloo is available to talk about the influence of religious affiliation on voting behaviour in Canada.

“Differences between the Catholic and Protestant vote in federal elections have diminished since the 1960s, for instance, but the gap between those who think religion is very important in their lives and those who do not has grown over the course of the 1990s and 2000s,” said Professor Wilkins-Laflamme. "Within faith groups, there are divisions where sectors seem to vote the same way." 

Professor Wilkins-Laflamme is an expert in sociology of religion and statistics from the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at Waterloo.

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