Project Democracy Poll Widget

By  | April 22, 2011 | 11 Comments | Filed under: 2011 Federal Election, Politics

As you can see, we have installed a widget on the right of your screen where you can check polls across the country.

The widget is provided by Project Democracy. “Project Democracy is a non-profit organisation that seeks to educate voters about the issue of strategic voting in Canadian Democracy.”Their mission is to keep the Conservatives from a majority through strategic voting, which the site says isn’t an issue in Cambridge.

“Project Democracy is a tool to help you determine if there is a way to “amp up” your vote and stop a Harper majority. By using a riding by riding election prediction model based on the most up to date public opinion polls, we can tell you which Party is best positioned to defeat the Conservative in your riding.”

As expectected, Gary has a comfortable lead here, but there are some interesting things happening across the country, and the widget lets you look at these polls..

We’ll keep this conversation near the top, if you find something interesting let us know.

11 Responses to Project Democracy Poll Widget

  1. Scot Ferguson-Barber April 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    The situation in Quebec is quite interesting, with the NDP overtaking the Bloc for the first time. With the Bloc holding 49 seats, there’s a lot at stake.
    Keep in mind, that’s 49 Members of Parliment who travel abroad representing Canada on our tax dollars telling people around the world that they don’t want to be a part of Canada.
    I don’t care if you are a conservative or liberal, you have to admit that the NDP is preferable to the Bloc.
    This alone might make the election worthwhile.

  2. les April 23, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Thanks to the Bloc sticking their foot into a block of separated cement, I think the residents of Quebec who are truly fed up with the topic have risen up and decided to vote for someone else. I do know my customers and rep in Quebec have had it with separation and it seems the trend is growing,,, hopefully.

  3. Hags April 23, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Scot, with Jack ‘surging’ yet again, it will be great to see if the media will finally ask him a tough question.
    Like how will his Cap and Trade policy affect the price of a fill up at the pumps and the cost of delivering goods to market. How about his support for expanding Bill 101 in Quebec…the bill that screws Anglais and Allophones.
    I do agree with you however that Jack has made the election fun.
    Last, re-read what I said in my column ‘Liberals’ in the prestigious ‘Citizen’…they are a dying breed,less than a national party…with no future, unless they finally pick a winner to lead them.

  4. Brian Gardiner April 23, 2011 at 10:01 am

    That’s not a poll widget, that’s stop Harper widget. The point of the website is to tell people which non-Conservative to vote for in their riding. From the website:

    “Project Democracy is a tool to help you determine if there is a way to “amp up” your vote and stop a Harper majority. By using a riding by riding election prediction model based on the most up to date public opinion polls, we can tell you which Party is best positioned to defeat the Conservative in your riding.”

    Calling it a poll widget is a little disingenuous.

  5. Scot Ferguson-Barber April 23, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Well, you can check the polls across the country, I’ll see if I can find a better name.

  6. Scot Ferguson-Barber April 23, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Thanks for pointing that out, Brian. I think it’s a little clearer now.

  7. Margaret Barr April 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

    What I found interesting about this ‘poll’ is it is , as Brian pointed out, all about how to try and vote ‘strategically’ to keep out Harper. Then, when I enquire about the ‘Cambridge/North Dumfries’ riding it shows Goodyear with a VERY comfortable lead and reads: ‘This is a safe riding’…..So what’s the message? ‘Don’t bother voting, Goodyear already has it?’ Good message for the Gary; kinda’ of depressing for the other parties (and candidates)..

  8. Scot Ferguson-Barber April 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I certainly don’t want to give that impression. I just thought it would be an interesting distraction.
    I’m trying to find things to keep readers on the site.
    I still like the idea of running the polls but I’ll look around and see if I can find one that isn’t as biased.

  9. Brian Gardiner April 23, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Scot

    I have no problem with the site, and think it was a good idea to link to it, You are right, it gives good polling information on a riding by riding basis. However, I think it’s important, and fair, to point out in advance what the site is.

    Margaret

    It does say, “vote your preference.” I don’t think the guys behind this site would be in favour of people not voting, especially if they are going to vote for an alternate party. Polls, after all, can be wrong.

  10. Jimm Hillis April 23, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I purposely tell pollsters different than I am really thinking and not just on politics but anything they call about.

  11. sergie April 29, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Sadly, your widget is not working in my mobile browser.

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