Why do people vote strategically, and for whom?

Strategic voting is an important factor in Canadian electoral campaigns. “People vote strategically when they think neither their first nor their second choice has any chance of winning in their electorate. They vote for their third choice party in the hopes of blocking an outcome that would be even worse,” said Jean-François Daoust, a researcher at the University of Montreal’s Department of Political Science who studied the phenomenon as part of his doctoral work. He was directed by André Blais, who holds the university’s Research Chair for Electoral Studies, and his findings, which drew on Quebec’s 2012 provincial elections, were recently published in Politiques et sociétés. —> Read More