Is It a Duty to Vote and to be Informed?

André Blais*, Carol Galais, Danielle Mayer

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We know that many people feel that they have a duty to vote in elections, but we know little about what other civic duties they believe they ought to fulfill. In this study, we address the question of whether people feel that they have both a duty to vote and to be informed. We use an original Canadian survey which includes questions about whether respondents construe voting and keeping informed as duties or a matter of choice. We find that the duty to vote is more widespread than the duty to be informed and that almost half of those who say that they have a moral obligation to vote indicate that they do not have a duty to keep informed. The better educated are more likely to feel that they have a moral obligation to both vote and keep informed while younger respondents are more prone to reject both duties.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1478929919865467
Pages (from-to)328-339
Number of pages12
JournalPolitical Studies Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019


  • choice
  • civic duty
  • duty to be informed
  • duty to vote


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