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Public Opinion Survey Following the May 13, 2013 Labrador By-election

Executive Summary

On May 13, 2013, a by-election was held in Labrador. Elections Canada commissioned EKOS Research Associates to conduct public opinion research with electors (eligible voters) in this riding in the days immediately following the by-election. A telephone survey was conducted between May 21 and 29, 2013 with a total of 757 eligible voters. Results can be considered to be accurate to within +/-3.6 percent, 19 times out of 20.

Awareness of by-elections

Information and advertising

Interaction with Elections Canada

Voter information card and registration




Voter experience


Trust in election process

Footnote 1 Previous post-election surveys by Elections Canada have also found that reported election participation is higher than actual voter turnout. These incongruities are likely due to a combination of sample and social desirability biases.

Footnote 2 In the May 13, 2013 by-election, the voter information card was accepted as one of two pieces of authorized identification at polling stations located in long-term care facilities, in seniors' residences, on First Nations reserves and in students' residences located on campus.