The election is just around the corner and voting is top of mind for many people. A new report highlights gender differences of voting in Canada. While men and women agree on some things, there's a disparity when it comes to a lot of things like confidence in voting.
The Empowering Women Voters Report looks at Canadians and their decision-making process for the upcoming federal election. The report found through surveying Canadians that there are big differences between men and women when it comes to feeling confident about their vote.
The report states that men are more confident about their vote while women tend to not be sure what to believe during an election.
The survey was conducted by Leger and commissioned by Canada Powered by Women so the report on the findings of the survey is all about gender.
"Women are more reluctant to trust. But the more they trust, the more they engage and the more they engage, the more they trust," Lucy Miller, spokesperson for Canada Powered by Women, told Global News.
When it comes to the election and voting, only 28 percent of women agree that they are completely informed on all the issues compared to 46 percent of men.
On average, health care, cost of living, the economy, and taxes are the most important issues in this election for Canadians according to the report.
But when it's broken down, women and men care about different issues for this election.
54 percent of women responded that health care is one of the most important issues when it comes to when deciding who to vote for and only 34 percent of men said the same.
Also, women tend to place more importance on the environment than men do as an election issue whereas men place more importance on the economy than women do.
"Males typically feel more informed and are more likely to start
a conversation," the report states.
40 percent of men responded that they are the first one to raise the topic for discussion versus only 24 percent of women who responded the same.
Despite that, women still come out and vote.
According to Elections Canada, in the 2015 federal election voter participation was 68 percent for women compared to just over 64 percent for men.
"Women voted at higher rates than men in all age groups up to age 64, after which the trend reversed," Elections Canada stated.
When deciding on who to vote for, women are more likely to make their decision based on what's best for themselves, their family and their province.
Men, however, are more likely to look at the country's needs first and feel like issues that have an impact on a national level are more important than local issues.
One thing women and men agreed on in the survey is whether their vote matters. Only just over 50 percent of women and men believe that their vote can actually make a difference in deciding big issues in Canada.
The federal election is on Monday, October 21, 2019.