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The Pollcast: The politics and priorities of Canada's youth

Turnout was up significantly among young voters in 2015, and the Liberals captured much of that vote. But what does that mean for Canada's youth going forward? Host Éric Grenier is joined by David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data, to discuss the findings of his latest poll.

Host Éric Grenier is joined by David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data

Justin Trudeau's Liberals won the youth vote in 2015's federal election. Can they hold on to it? (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

The CBC Pollcast, hosted by CBC poll analyst and ThreeHundredEight.com founder Éric Grenier, explores the world of electoral politics, political polls and the trends they reveal.


A traditionally neglected cohort of voters may have tipped the scales in favour of the Liberals in last year's federal election, according to a new poll. If so, what does that mean for the political future of Canada's youth?

A new survey conducted by Abacus Data in partnership with the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations found that the Liberals won the support of the youngest voters by a significant margin — enough to have potentially been decisive in the Liberals' majority victory.

But if the Liberals have the youth vote today, what will it take for the governing party to keep that vote into the future?

Joining host Éric Grenier to discuss the politics and priorities of Canada's youth is David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data.

What happened to it in 2015? And what do politicians need to do to attract young voters in the future? Abacus Data's David Coletto joins us. 29:10

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