Archived Seat Projections

Ontario Conservatives Just Shy of Majority Numbers
The accompanying seat projection was based upon a blended and weighted sample of 3300 respondents conducted by Forum Research and Angus Reid during the last few days of August. The most evident trend since the previous LISPOP projection earlier in the month, was an almost 5% increase in voter support for the NDP. It is quite possible that this was influenced by the emotional response to the death and funeral of federal NDP leader Jack Layton. The net change came from both Liberals and Conservatives, such that the Conservative popular vote lead of 5.5% leaves Tim Hudak's party basically where it was before, just short of majority government territory.

Projected distribution of seats by party, released September 2, 2011

2011 Projection
2007 Results
2007 Projection
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The "regional swing model" is more fully explained in a paper originally prepared and presented by Dr. Barry Kay to the 1990 annual meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, entitled "Improving Upon the Cube Law: A Regional Swing Model for Converting Canadian Popular Vote into Parliamentary Seats". It should be noted that the application of the model above does not make use of the "incumbency effect" described in that paper. In tests for past elections, using late campaign polls to project electoral outcomes, the model has proved to be accurate within an average of four seats per party since 1963. Readers interested in post-dictions for past federal elections dating back to 1963, for projections using pre-election polls dating back to the 1980 federal election and for three Ontario provincial elections, may contact me at bkay@wlu.ca.