If there is one voter who drives the pollsters and political parties crazy, it’s the motivated voter. This is the voter that will get to the polling station and vote at the first opportunity. They hardly need a phone call to remind them or a ride to the polls. They know why they are voting and it is usually against. In this particular election in Ontario, it is against that blowhard, Doug Ford.
And, as a pollster, if you don’t know why that particular voter is motivated, you are not doing the job. Someone who has an automated telephone system call you and just ask who you will be voting for is a jerk. Not only do children often answer the family telephone but even adults just press the most convenient button to get rid of the call. It is called interactive voice response (IVR). It is the cheapest form of polling—and probably the least reliable.
Let me ask you this: If you are a nurse working in a hospital in Ontario, who do you think you would be motivated to vote against? If you work in long-term care, who would you be motivated to vote against? If you are a public-school teacher in Ontario, who would you be motivated to vote against? I can think of a few more categories but I am sure you get the idea. And these are all Ontario voters motivated to vote against Doug Ford and the conservatives.
Mr. Ford and his conservatives have discouraged many voters. The problem for the pollsters is that most voters cannot identify opposition leader Andrea Horwath, let alone the will-o’-the-wisp liberal leader Steven Del Duca. And if you want to be sure of your vote against someone, you need to know who to vote for.
Personally, I would never vote for an NDP candidate in my riding. Andrea Horwath has led her party nowhere. I was trying to check on a problem in her Hamilton riding regarding one of the hospitals and was advised by her Queen’s Park office to call her riding office in downtown Hamilton. I tried that number and the person I was helping in Hamilton repeatedly called that number. It was always busy. It was busy to the point that you expect the staff is tired of answering for her. Those lines must be off the hook.
You should find out about the liberal candidate in your riding. We certainly need more liberals at Queen’s Park.
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