I’d like to correct the record about the riding level poll we commissioned showing a tight election race in Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. Letter writer Evan Shumka alleges that it leads to “misconceptions,” and urges people instead to vote with their heart.
The poll was done by professional pollster Insights West using live calls and had a pretty good sample size for the level of a riding — 400 people. The parties themselves are doing similar polls to inform their work, but they never release them for us to see. People can view the results at www.onecowichan.ca
We did the poll to give local voters another credible data point to inform their decision. We don’t believe that voting with one’s heart means voting without good information. Indeed, the better informed we all are, the better decisions we’ll make together. That’s good democracy.