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Political Opinions of St. Peter Students Compared to Those of National Polls. Shawn Gordon. John Maier. Matthew MacDonald. “ The political opinions of St. Peter students will relate closely with the national polls, with a few exceptions. ”.

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Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

Political Opinions of St. Peter StudentsCompared to Those of National Polls

Shawn Gordon

John Maier

Matthew MacDonald


Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

“The political opinions of St. Peter students will relate closely with the national polls, with a few exceptions.”

  • The Bloc will have significantly lower support among St. Peter’s students

  • Liberal support will be higher at St. Pete’s than Nationally

  • Pro-Life Support will be much higher in St. Pete’s

  • Support for the death penalty will be lower than the national average


Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

"Far-right" ideologies and movements often advocate substantial intervention, typically government intervention, in society in order to protect or promote inequalities or privileges, especially those inequalities or privileges that are viewed as "traditional". It is often associated with extreme nationalism.(Wikipedia)

Although the modern term “far-left” is ideally to be used for advocates of radical egalitarianism, internationalism, and social change it is often used for something slightly different then that. To be precise the modern use of the term far-left is often more to describe those seen as strongly opposed to globalization, capitalism, nationalism. (Wikipedia)


Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

Traditionally, Canada and its policies are viewed as having a left-centre alignment. Of the major parties in Canada, the NDP is our most left leaning, while the Conservative Party is the farthest right. The Liberal Party, which has been very popular over the years, is a centre to left-centre party.

Centre

Left

Right


Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

Biases

Non-Response Bias: Although all of the surveys we distributed were returned, there were some questions left unanswered on a few of them. In particular, some respondents didn’t understand the final question, and opted to leave it blank. By not answering all of the questions, our results were affected (albeit in a small way).

Response Bias: After collecting back all of the completed surveys, we realized that our third question in the survey could have caused a response bias. By listing just three of the parties, then other, the three parties listed may have received more votes than they would have otherwise. If we had offered a fourth choice, Green, then the results would probably be different from what they are now.


Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

Biases

Sampling Bias: We had to be very careful about the selection of classes to survey to avoid this bias. In an attempt to eliminate this bias from our work, we decided to use the stratified random sampling technique. The strata we used to divide the school was by grade. Then, we used the simple random sampling technique to choose two classes from each grade. Since each grade in our school is about the same size, we didn’t have to worry about the proportion of each sample relative to its size. Although there is still a chance that this random sample yielded a sampling bias, the technique used helped to lower the risk of such a bias occurring.


Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

Biases

Household Bias: After examining the results after we had entered our data into the computer, we noticed that 55% of the respondents were male, while only 45% of the respondents were female. Although this was caused purely by chance, the over representation of males could have an effect on the results, as opinions tend to differ greatly depending on gender.


Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

Liberal

Conservative

NDP

Green

Marijuana

Communist

Bloc

75

50

16

12

3

1

1


Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

Given this data, we were able to create a simulation that could be used to predict roughly how people would vote in any size of group. Using the TI83PLUS Graphing Calculator, we first choose MATH, then input RandInt(1, 158, X), where X is the number of people in the group being surveyed. The number results give the following parties:

 1-75 Liberal

76-125 Conservative

126-141 NDP

142-153 Green

154-156 Marijuana

157 Communist

158 Bloc Québécois

This will, of course, not be 100% accurate, but it will give an idea of what to expect.


Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

The graph above shows the results from national polls, while the graph below shows the results from St. Peter’s


Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

P(X=k) = (nCk)(p)k(1-p)n-k

P(91) = (166C91)(0.5)91(0.5)75

P(91) = 0.0287

np = 166(0.5) = 83 nq = 166(0.5) = 83


Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

One (Disagree)

Two

Three

Four

Five (Agree)

43

24

58

17

24

Expected Value = 1(43/166) + 2(24/166) + 3(58/166) + 4(17/166) + 5(24/166)

= 2.73


Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

Nationally


Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

Death Penalty

Views at St. Peter’s

Death Penalty

Views Nationally


Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

According to Statistics Canada, 105,535 abortions were conducted in 2002


Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

The above graph shows support for the Iraq and Afghanistan at St. Peter’s


Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

War in Afghanistan

War in Iraq

Median

2

1

Mode

1

1

Weighted Mean

2.16

1.83

Weighted(Afghanistan) = (1(68)+2(40)+3(34)+4(11)+5(13)) / 166

= 2.16

Weighted(Iraq) = (1(89) + 2(39) + 3(23) + 4(7) + 5(8)) / 166

= 1.83


Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

The above Chart shows opinions of St. Peter’s students concerning religious education.

The majority favoured the current system of public funding.

Note that 17% say it should be banned.


Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

Neither Liberal nor Pro-Choice: 40/166

Liberal, but not Pro-Choice: 32/166

Pro-Choice, but not Liberal: 51/166

Both Liberal and Pro-Choice: 43/166

43/166

P(Liberal | Pro-Choice) = 94/166

P(Liberal | Pro-Choice) = 0.46


Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

The above pictograph approximates the distribution of respondents’ overall political alignment. The vast majority of the students surveyed saw themselves as centre to left-centre. This matches the national politics perfectly, and also correlates with the students’ support for the Liberal party.


Political opinions of st peter students compared to those of national polls

Overall, our thesis was supported by the analysis of our data

  • We predicted correctly that the Liberals would have more support than they do nationally, and that the Bloc would have less.

  • However, the CPC and Green were higher, and the NDP was lower than in the national polls.

  • School opinions were slightly more conservative on gay marriage than the national polls were.

  • Our thesis for the death penalty and abortion was dead on.

  • On the issue of the war in Iraq, our thesis was also very accurate.


However

However…

Statistics Canada claims that:

  • 85% of those 40+ vote

  • 71% of those in their 30’s voted

  • 58% of those in their twenties voted

Even though our sample group was politically informed, this is not shown by national voting statistics, meaning that either our locality is abnormally political, or that there is no correlation between voter turnout and being politically informed.


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