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%

Comments

Right wing Christians seem to overwhelmingly support the policies and practices of the Conservative in Ottawa and the Republicans in Washington. It would be good to break down this support by region, income, gender and age. Why are right wing Christians voting for the far right; Is it just about Israel and the biblical prophecy of the so-called 'rapture'.