Table 1
Participation in political activities, 2003 and 2008

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In the 12 months prior to the survey... 2003  2008 Change from 2003 to 2008
percentage percentage point
Searched for information on a political issue 24 27 3*
Volunteered for a political party 3 3 0
Expressed views on an issue by contacting a newspaper or a politician 14 13 -1*
Signed a petition 28 24 -3*
Boycotted or chose a product for ethical reasons 20 27 7*
Attended a public meeting 23 19 -4*
Spoke out at a public meeting 10 8 -2*
Participated in a protest or march 5 3 -2*
Was a member of a political party 5 6 1*
† reference group
* statistically significant difference from the reference group at p < 0.05
Source: Statistics Canada, General Social Survey, 2003 and 2008.