Poll: Canadian election interest modest

Sept. 22, 2008 at 9:10 AM

TORONTO, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Interest in Canada's Oct. 14 federal election isn't attracting much voter enthusiasm, a poll published Monday suggested.

The online Ipsos-Reid poll of 1,013 voters last week found 14 percent of voters are paying less attention to the coming vote than in previous years, the Canwest News Service reported.

About 65 percent said they were paying about the same amount of attention as in previous elections, while 20 percent said they were more interested this time.

By province, Quebec voters were the least interested with 13 percent of voters saying they were paying more attention, compared with British Columbia and Ontario, where 27 percent of voters said they are more interested.

"Quite clearly, the campaign hasn't really heated up yet. Most people aren't really paying that much attention to it," Darrell Bricker, president of Ipsos Reid, told the news service. "Three elections over four years, people are a bit electioned out."

The poll has a 3.1-percentage-point margin of error, the report said.

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