Barry Kay's blog

D’Amato: Opinion polls aren’t perfect, so handle them with care

Published on Oct. 15, 2015, in the Waterloo Region Record.

"Dogs know best what to do with polls," former prime minister John Diefenbaker once said.

What a great quote. Though it reeks of politician bravado, it rings true. We all know the only poll that matters is the one on election day.

Strategic voting hits the campaign trail: Porter

Published Oct. 14, 2015, in the Toronto Star.

I went out door-knocking Tuesday night in Lawrence Park with two volunteers. They were asking people to vote Liberal — not because they think Marco Mendicino is the best candidate, but because they think he's got the best chance to beat Joe Oliver, the Conservative finance minister.

Waterloo Region wide open but Liberals making big strides: analyst

Published on Oct. 13, 2015, on CTV News Kitchener.

Liberal Party candidates are pulling away with the lead in two key ridings in Waterloo Region, a local expert on polling data says.

Barry Kay is a political science professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and a member of the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Polling (LISPOP).