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Poll: How much do Whistlerites really care about the municipal election?

Nearly one quarter of respondents admitted 'not even a little bit'
Canadians are heading to the polls for municipal elections this month, including in the Sea to Sky corridor.

It's municipal election season across British Columbia this month, including here in Whistler. Eligible voters will head to the polls on Oct. 15 to elect their mayor and council for the next four years, though advance voting is open today, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 8. For the first time, Whistler voters can also opt to send in their ballots by mail in this election. 

In the lead-up to election day, candidates across the Sea to Sky corridor have been hitting the campaign trail hard, including attending a series of all-candidates meetings. Here in Whistler, the last of those meetings is slated to take place tonight from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Maury Young Arts Centre.

Co-hosted by the Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment and the Whistler Community Services Society, the event’s focus is "Conversation, Climate and Community Wellbeing." Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Amid all of the election excitement, Pique decided to find out just how tuned in our community is to this campaign cycle. We polled 220 Pique Newsmagazine readers and asked the question: On a scale of 1 to 5, how invested are you in the upcoming municipal election?

The poll ran from 9/26/2022 to 10/1/2022. Of the 220 votes, we can determine that 48 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:

1 - Not even a little bit 10.42 % local, 24.09 % total    
2 - Somewhat more than not at all 4.17 % local, 7.27 % total    
3 - I'll probably vote, but I haven't really been following the campaign 18.75 % local, 15.45 % total    
4 - Fairly invested; I know who's running and care about an issue or three 29.17 % local, 27.73 % total    
5 - I may have even attended an all-candidates meeting 27.08 % local, 19.09 % total    
Bonus - I'd be a lot more invested if I was eligible to vote 10.42 % local, 5.91 % total    
  Local   Total

Results are based on an online study of adult Pique Newsmagazine readers that are located in Whistler. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- 6.55%, 19 times out of 20.

Pique Newsmagazine uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.