Author: Northern Gateway
Dated: 5 January 2012
A new poll out suggests solid support among B.C. residents for Northern Gateway and opposition far lower than often suggested by environmental activists.
A survey by leading polling firm Ipsos Reid done on behalf of Enbridge found support for the Enbridge Northern Gateway project at 48% while those opposed at 32%.
“Clearly such statements by environmental activists that there is overwhelming opposition in B.C. to Northern Gateway are inaccurate,” said Paul Stanway, Manager of Communications for Northern Gateway.
“Judging by this poll, the people of B.C. are far more open-minded on Northern Gateway than the activists would give them credit for.”
Of the 48% in support, 14% indicated they “strongly” support Northern Gateway.
Of the 32% who oppose, 13% said they are “strongly” opposed. Two-in-10 are undecided about the project.
“Project support leads opposition in all regions, among both genders and among all age groups,” Ipsos Reid stated in a news release.
Ipsos Reid also measured B.C. residents’ familiarity with Northern Gateway.
Respondents who are either “not at all familiar” (25%) or “not very familiar” (30%) stood at 55%, according to the poll.
Those who said they are either “very familiar” (5%) or “somewhat familiar” (37%) stood at 42%.
“It will be incumbent upon us to continue to work hard at getting the facts out to British Columbians so that they can come to an informed opinion on the project,” added Stanway.
The poll of 1,000 adult British Columbians was conducted Dec. 12 - 15, 2011. Ipsos Reid estimates a margin of error of ±3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. These data were statistically weighted to ensure the sample’s regional and age/sex composition reflects that of the actual B.C. population according to 2006 Census data.
The poll can be found here.
A news article on the poll can be found on the Vancouver Sun website.