DataPath Systems
Yukon Summer Poll 2009
July 17, 2009
For immediate release
Yukoners satisfied locally, while looking for change at the National level
A recent survey of 341 Yukoners showed that while support for their own MP has grown,
and most feel that the current representation is good for the Yukon, most also feel that
election changes at the National level are needed.
If the Federal election were held today, 18% of Yukoners would be undecided upon
which Party’s candidate in the Yukon to vote for. Among decided voters, support for
Liberal Party MP Larry Bagnall has increased to 54%. This is back to levels seen in March
of 2008, following several quarters of decreasing support. Only three months ago, in
March 2009, Mr. Bagnall’s support was at 47%.
At that time, support for the
Conservative Party’s Darrell Pasloski was at 27%, and is now at 22%. The Green Party’s
John Streicker gained slightly from 15% to 16%, while the NDP’s Ken Bolton dropped
from 11% to 9%.
When asked why they supported that Party, those deciding to vote Liberal or NDP were
evenly split between what the candidate could do for the Yukon vs. what they could do
for Canada. However, those planning to vote for the Conservative Party, or Green Party
were most likely do so because of what they thought the candidate could do for Canada.
The survey also asked Yukoners about the Federal election process. When asked if the
way federal elections are run in Canada were in need of any changes, 45% of Yukoners
reported that some change is needed (a 4 or 5 on a 5 point scale where 1 was no change
and 5 was major change). Only 26% felt little or no change is needed. Men, and those
over the age of 55 were the least likely to feel change was needed.
When specifically asked about the need for election reform for federal elections, and
given the statement “Currently, for federal elections, the Party that wins the most ridings
across Canada forms the government. Some debate has occurred because that Party
may not have the majority of Canadian votes and some Parties may have a significant
percentage of Canadians voting for their Party, but not enough to win an individual riding
to gain representation in Parliament.”, only a minority of Yukoners felt that the system is
fine the way it is. 47% felt that more research should be done to explore changes, and
27% felt that changes are needed as soon as possible. Only 7% had no opinion on this
matter. Again, men and those over the age 55 were the most likely to feel that the
system is fine the way it is.
When asked if reform would change the level of voter turnout, 57% of Yukoners felt that
reform would increase voter turnout, while 41% felt it would have no impact. Women
and those under the age of 36 were most likely to feel that reform would increase voter
turnout.
When specifically asked about the Yukon, 62% felt that the Yukon’s one member of
Parliament in Ottawa is “excellent representation considering the small population here”,
while 28% felt the Yukon should have more representation and 10% did not have an
opinion. The younger the respondent the more likely they were to feel that the Yukon
should have more representation.
The survey was conducted by DataPath Systems; an independent Yukon-based market
research company. Telephone surveys were conducted with 341 Yukoners, of which 206
were Whitehorse residents and 135 were non-Whitehorse residents, between June 20-30,
2009. The data is weighted to accurately represent Yukoners based on the community
they live in, their age and gender. Percentages are statistically valid to +/- 5.1%, 19
times out of 20 (95% confidence). This section was a non-commissioned study, paid for
by DataPath Systems.