This Thanksgiving, most voters thankful for number of parties on the ballot

    OTTAWA, Oct. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - A Rideau Institute poll conducted by Nanos
Research has found that a majority of Canadians appear content with the number
of political parties in this election.
    "60% of respondents indicated that they are happy with the number of
political parties," said Anthony Salloum, Rideau Institute Program Director.
"This high number explains why many voters appear not to be moving away from
the smaller parties and towards the Liberals and Conservatives."
    The poll conducted between October 7 and 9, 2008 also indicates that 27%
are interested in having fewer parties.
    "Interestingly, support for having fewer parties is highest among
self-identified Conservative and Liberal voters, while Bloc, NDP and Green
supporters are most happy with the status quo," said Salloum. "This seems to
suggest that Liberal and Conservative supporters are the ones championing
political party mergers, but are being rebuffed by a large majority of Bloc,
NDP, and Green Party supporters."
    Among undecided voters, 55% are satisfied with the number of political
parties, while 25% prefer having fewer choices, a ratio of more than two to
    The results were obtained through a random telephone survey conducted by
Nanos Research with 1,203 Canadians from October 7th to October 9th, 2008. The
margin of accuracy for a sample of 1,203 is 2.8%, 19 times out of 20. Full
results of the Nanos polls are available at

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