A face-to-face poll conducted by a new public interest group suggests many young people in Nova Scotia plan to vote in the next provincial election, but they can't recognize the main party leaders.
The Nova Scotia Springtide Collective interviewed 693 people between the ages of 18 and 30 as part of their Nova Scotia Youth Poll to encourage more young people to vote.
Mark Coffin, the president of the Springtide Collective, said 30 per cent of those polled could recognize Premier Darrell Dexter, while 12 per cent recognized Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil and nine per cent recognized Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie.
"It's highly unlikely that they're going to win the support of young people if they don't know who they are. So maybe thinking about where do politicians usually make their announcements? And who do they visit most often?" said Coffin.
"I see a lot of news about them going to chambers of commerce, about going to seniors homes and about going to the places where they know the vote is high, but let's see some announcements on university campuses and community colleges. Let's see them visit places where young people actually congregate."
The Nova Scotia Springtide Collective reported 80 per cent of the youths they interviewed said they planned to vote in the next provincial election.
Among those young Nova Scotians, support for the Liberals is at 31 per cent and support for the NDP is at 28 per cent, which the group concluded was a statistical tie.
The Progressive Conservatives received 12 per cent support, while the Green Party received 11 per cent support.
The Springtide Collective said its poll is accurate to within four percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
Coffin said the survey revealed energy as the least popular issue among the 18 to 30-year-olds questioned, while the most popular issues were jobs and the economy followed by welfare and poverty alleviation.
"There are a few ridings in Nova Scotia, a few in Halifax, Antigonish, Wolfville and Cape Breton to a certain extent. University students are conveniently in one spot. Community College students are conveniently more or less in one spot," he said.
"If they create a platform that's compelling to the young voter their could be the potential to win a few seats they might not have had. That would be the difference between minority or majority government or being government or not being government."