By the numbers: The Jewish vote

There are no polling numbers on how Jews – or any other religious or ethnic group - vote in Canada.

“In the U.S., they profile people that way, but it’s not a common practice in Canada to ask people their race or religion,” said pollster Nik Nanos.

The only hard statistics are these: In four out of the five ridings where Jewish voters make up a sizeable minority of the electorate, the Liberal vote declined significantly between the 2006 and 2008 elections –- at more than double the rate in the rest of the country.

The Tory vote in those ridings shot up anywhere from six to twelve times the national average -- enough for Thornhill to go Conservative.

Riding % Jewish voters Change in share of popular vote: Liberals Change in share of popular vote: Conservatives
Thornhill 36.6 % -13.7 +15.3
Mont Royal 36.3% -9.9% +9.43
York Centre 23.7% -9.2 +7.9
Eglinton-Lawrence 18.6% -8.9% +9
St. Paul's 18.3% -.4% +1.1%
Canada-wide change in popular vote

Liberals: -4%

Conservatives: +1.3%