A majority of Canadians would support a move to declare Federal Election Day a national holiday, according to a survey conducted by Research Co.

Among those who responded to the online survey, 58% would like to declare election day a public holiday across Canada. On the other hand 32% oppose this idea, while 11% remain undecided.

In addition the results of this survey state that a majority of Canadians believe voting should be mandatory in federal elections, while 29% disagree and 9% are undecided.

An even larger majority of respondents (69%) believe it should be mandatory for candidates to attend at least one public debate in their riding with the candidates from other parties.

These results are based on an online poll conducted by Research Co. between September 24th and September 26th in which 1,000 Canadians representative of the population were surveyed. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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Advance voting for the 43rd federal elections began today, Friday October 11th and will run until Thanksgiving Day, Monday October 14th.

The fixed election day is on October 21st, with polls closing at 7 p.m. PST.