Partisanship, gender and conservatism helped shape Calgary’s Olympic vote, according to study

New data from the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy show factors like partisanship, fiscal conservatism and gender may have shaped how Calgarians voted in the Olympic plebiscite. 

The survey, conducted by Forum Research on behalf of the school, looked at three sets of factors — demographics, partisanship and attitudes. 

It found women were more likely to vote against an Olympic bid, as well as United Conservative Party partisans. One of the strongest factors for opposing the bid found in the study was fiscal conservatism. 

Partisans of other parties, those who voted for Naheed Nenshi in the last mayoral race and those who strongly identify as Calgarians were more likely to vote for the bid, according to the survey. 

Other factors for supporting a bid were higher income and university education.

The push to host the 2026 Winter Games in Calgary was shelved after 56.4 per cent of voters opted against the bid in November of last year. 

The survey of 1,975 Calgarians who voted in the plebiscite was conducted between Nov. 13 and Dec. 14, 2018. 

The margin of error for a sample of 1,975 people at a 95 per cent confidence interval is 2.2 per cent and larger for smaller groups (such as individual wards) within the sample.

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Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.


Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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