Protecting the environment and helping the middle class are more often deemed as top priorities by NDP supporters, while Conservatives are the most likely to prioritize reducing the deficit and reducing crime. The issue that most differentiates Liberal supporters from others is job creation – perhaps the reason behind that party’s willingness to talk openly about deficits and infrastructure spending.
The Conservative emphasis on keeping taxes low and making sure that a life sentence means life in prison is consistent with its supporters’ top priorities. And the NDP, for its part, appears to be touching on many of the issues prioritized by its supporters by emphasizing jobs, child care, the environment, communities, retirement security and health care in its platform.
Undecided voters, should they decide to engage in the election, could be drawn in various directions if their prioritization of these issues is any indication. And the outcome of this election may well be decided by swing and undeclared voters and where they end up on polling day.