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Interest of Canadians in Internet Voting (2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011) – Research Note

Appendix: Questions on Internet Voting and Response Frequency

VOTING LIKELIHOOD

2004 EC (n = 2822)
How likely would you be to vote on-line if it were available?

1 – Very likely 37%
2 –  11%
3 – Neither likely nor unlikely 6%
4 – 6%
5 – Not at all likely 38%
Don't know 1%

2006 EC (n = 3013)
For future elections, if you could vote online on the Elections Canada website, would you be very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely or not at all likely to do so?

Very likely 37%
Somewhat likely 18%
Not very likely 12%
Not at all likely 29%
Do not have access to Internet 2%
Don't know / Depends 3%

2008 EC (n=2486)
If you could vote online, would you be very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely or not at all likely to do so?

Very likely 37%
Somewhat likely 16%
Not very likely 14%
Not at all likely 26%
Do not use / have access to Internet 4%
Don't know / Depends 2%

2011 EC (n = 1108)
If you could vote online, would you be very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely or not at all likely to do so?

Very likely 40%
Somewhat likely 16%
Not very likely 15%
Not at all likely 24%
Not sure / Don't know 4%

PERCEPTION OF RISK

2004 EC (n = 1455)
There is too much potential for fraud and mistakes to ever have Internet voting for federal elections.

1 – Strongly disagree 16%
2 – 13%
3 – Neither agree nor disagree 20%
4 – 16%
5 – Strongly agree 32%
Don't know 4%

2008 CES (n = 1273)
Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree with the following statement: "Voting online is just too risky."

Strongly agree 40%
Somewhat agree 19%
Somewhat disagree 20%
Strongly disagree 14%
Don't know 7%

2011 CES (n = 1106)
Which statement comes closest to your own view..

Voting on the Internet is safe 30%
Voting on the Internet is risky 50%
Don't know 20%

PRINCIPLE OF INTERNET VOTING (ELECTORS)

2011 CES (n = 1107)
Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with the following statement: "Canadians should have the option to vote over the Internet in federal elections"

Strongly agree 18%
Somewhat agree 32%
Somewhat disagree 24%
Strongly disagree 16%
Don't know 11%

PRINCIPLE OF INTERNET VOTING (CANDIDATES)

2008 Candidates (n = 877)
Do you think that electors should be able to vote online?

Yes 46%
No 48%
Don't know 6%

2011 Candidates (n = 1008)
Do you think that electors should be able to vote by using the Internet?

Yes 52%
No 44%
Don't know 4%