Rural, Suburban and Urban Voters: Dissecting Residence Based Voter Cleavages in Provincial Elections

Jason Roy, Andrea M.L. Perrella, Joshua Borden


We explore provincial-level cleavages by drawing on surveys administered during eight elections. More specifically, we examine rural-suburban-urban divisions in regards to party support within Canadian provinces. Our results show a clear division according to place of residence, even after controlling for a host of individual-level characteristics. We argue that recognition of this rural-suburban-urban division is an important and often overlooked aspect of understanding Canadian political preferences and political behaviour more generally.

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