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By the numbers: The Jewish vote



There are no polling numbers on how Jews – or any other religious or ethnic group - vote in Canada.

"In the U.S., they profile people that way, but it's not a common practice in Canada to ask people their race or religion," said pollster Nik Nanos.

The only hard statistics are these: In four out of the five ridings where Jewish voters make up a sizeable minority of the electorate, the Liberal vote declined significantly between the 2006 and 2008 elections –- at more than double the rate in the rest of the country.

The Tory vote in those ridings shot up anywhere from six to twelve times the national average -- enough for Thornhill to go Conservative.



Riding

% Jewish voters

Change in share of popular vote: Liberals

Change in share of popular vote: Conservatives

Thornhill

36.6 %

-13.7

+15.3

Mont Royal

36.3%

-9.9%

+9.43

York Centre

23.7%

-9.2

+7.9

Eglinton-Lawrence

18.6%

-8.9%

+9

St. Paul's

18.3%

-.4%

+1.1%

Canada-wide change in popular vote

Liberals: -4%

Conservatives: +1.3%

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