Political Voting Patterns in British Columbia An Analysis of the Urban/Rural Divide Introduction Examining and analyzing provincial and federal level voting patterns in British Columbia indicates that the divide between rural and urban British Columbia has a significant influence upon voting patterns and election results. Because urban voters and rural voters tend to have different political, economic, and social concerns and priorities, these different concerns and priorities are reflecting in their voting. Urban voters tend to support certain provincial and federal candidates and policies, while rural voters tend to oppose these candidates and policies. This is a common characteristic of democracy, for voters are going to disagree about...The end:
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