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Gender and Ethnic Affinity Voting

Professor Karen Bird and PhD Candidate Samantha Jackson publish research on gender and ethnic affinity voting in the Canadian Journal of Political Science

Sep 19, 2016

Dr. Karen Bird and PhD Candidate Samantha Jackson worked with researchers from Ryerson University, Western University and the University of Winnipeg to test for the presence of gender and ethnic affinity voting in the Toronto mayoral election of 2014, where Olivia Chow was the only woman and only visible minority candidate among the three major contenders. The analysis, which draws on a survey of eligible Toronto voters, is the first to examine the interactive effects of sex and ethnicity on vote choice in Canada in the context of a non-partisan election and in a non-experimental manner. Dr. Bird and Samantha's paper find strong evidence of ethnic affinity voting and show that Chow received stronger support from ethnic Chinese voters than from other minority groups. Results also reveal that gender was related to vote choice but only when connected with race.

To read Sex (And Ethnicity) in the City: Affinity Voting in the 2014 Toronto Mayoral Electionclick HERE