Angus Reid Institute poll reports that policies, not personalities, guide most Canadians' voting intentions

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      This morning, the Angus Reid Institute has released a chart that reveals what issues are influencing voting intentions for supporters of four federal parties.

      And it shows an enormous gap between those backing the Conservatives and those backing three other parties: the Liberals, New Democrats, and Greens.

      Moreover, the poll of 1,769 voters also found that 65 percent said the most important consideration in making up their mind was the party's stance on the issues.

      Only 21 percent cited the party leaders and just eight percent mentioned the individual candidate in their riding.

      The top issue for those who back the Conservatives is the amount of taxes people pay—44 percent cited this, followed by 38 percent whose top issue is management of the federal deficit, and 30 percent who care most about transparency and honesty in the federal government.

      Just six percent of Conservative party supporters stated that access to affordable housing was their top issue.

      Among those supporting the Liberals, the top issue is climate change at 57 percent.

      Perhaps this explains why Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau repeatedly mentions climate change in his speeches, despite his cabinet approving two pipeline projects and a liquefied natural gas project.

      Among Conservative supporters, only six percent mentioned climate change as their foremost concern in this election.

      Other top issues for Liberal supporters are improving access to health care (33 percent) and access to affordable housing (23 percent), according to the poll.

      Among Conservatives, only 14 percent cited health care and just six percent cited affordable housing as top issue by vote intention.

      Angus Reid Institute

      The climate was cited as the top issue of 51 percent of NDP supporters, followed by improving access to health care at 29 percent and access to affordable housing at 26 percent.

      Among Green supporters, 70 percent mentioned climate change as their top issue. That was followed by improving access to health care at 24 percent and access to affordable housing at 16 percent.

      Those backing the NDP were most likely to mention their top issue as improving living conditions for Canada's First Nations.

      More than one in five New Democrats—22 percent—mentioned this, compared to 14 percent of Greens, 12 percent of Liberals, and only two percent of Conservatives.

      Conservatives were most likely to mention immigration policy and natural resource and energy policy as their top voting concerns, at 21 percent and 18 percent, respectively. 

      Only four percent of the supporters of each of the three other parties mentioned immigration as their top issue by vote intention. But 15 percent of Green supporters cited natural resource and energy policy, compared to nine percent among Liberals and six percent among New Democrats.

      Liberals were more likely to mention personal taxation, at 17 percent as their top issue, in comparison to New Democrats and Greens, who were each at 13 percent.

      The sample sizes were 656 for Conservative supporters 566 for Liberal supporters, 384 for NDP supporters, and 157 for Green supporters.

      The chart below did not include the opioid crisis, which has led to more than 13,000 deaths across Canada since January 2016, nor did it mention the carbon tax, which is a component of climate policy.

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