Got a degree? You're more likely to vote

University grads tend to cast ballots more than those with less education

A voter enters a polling station for the Federal Election in Toronto (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

Every day, Maclean’s Show and Tell infographic series will highlight interesting data in a visually appealing way, bringing clarity and context to some aspect of the campaign—whether it’s one of the election’s major issues, or a less-discussed concern. Read this daily chart series in our special daily “Bulldog” edition.

There is a well-established positive link between advanced schooling and voting. During the 2011 federal election, the voting rate among people with a university degree was 78 per cent—and only 60 per cent or lower for those with a high school education or less. For some age groups, that gap is even bigger. Among people aged 25 to 34, the difference in participation between those who had a university education and those with less than a high school diploma was 42 percentage points. Age is only a minor factor in voting rates for university-educated voters, which tick up only slightly as voters grow older. Rates for those with high-school education or less, by contrast, vary widely across all age groups.


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