New poll shows strong B.C. support for Gateway

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.

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  • Scott Kelly, Apr 11th, 2012 (3 years ago)

    Having reviewed your proposal and weighing the potential environmental impacts of a spill, I am in full and adement oppostion of the Enbridge Pipeline going through. There are no real long term jobs for this project and feeds the further reliance on fossil fuels. If Enbridge is an energy company, I would love to see an alternative proposal focused on alternative energy creation. Tidal energy with the straights would be a great project with far less impact. I hope Enbridge makes the transition to clean energy quickly for all our childrens sake. China can go elsewhere for it's oil.

  • Neil Hodgson, Apr 05th, 2012 (3 years ago)

    I am a resident in Telkwa, BC, and I DO NOT support this project, I will stand side by side with my white and native friends and neighbours, I do not know a single person who supports this project.

  • joe Lanteigne, Mar 18th, 2012 (3 years ago)

    The more people are educated the more opposition there will be. Even if you don't consider the dangers of the pipeline and the fact that all the stewards of the land (first nations ) have said they won't allow it, or that its just another sell off of our natural resources to enrich the same bunch( except for some, short term, short sighted work to build the line) the fact that its the biggest carbon bomb on the planet, should bring people to start thinking about our children.

  • Terry L, Mar 12th, 2012 (3 years ago)

    @Wade, Tumbler Ridge still exists-2 new coal mines have opened since 2005. Canada exports more than it imports of almost everything we produce--that's why we enjoy such a high standard of living.

    @Eric, care to provide some examples or should we just take your word that "arguments don't stand up to scrutiny." I read the actual poll and it tells me people who know more about the project are also more likely to support it.

    @Mark, seems to me that a $275 billion boost to Canada's economy versus the slim chance of a spill demonstrates that the benefits far outweigh the costs.

  • Wade R., Mar 10th, 2012 (3 years ago)

    there are very limited jobs created for long term, why would Canada prostitute itself to an asian country is beyond me. Our lands are far more valuable left intact, too bad its the short sighted few who are able to convince some of the masses that "--in these uncertain economic times, this is good". This is not now or ever will be good for the people of Canada, especially British Columbians. Only the Chinese bought oil companies and the piping company enbridge stand to profit from this. Tumbler Ridge was a coal mining town that no longer exists beacuse of the Japanese. Leave our lands and country in its pristine condition!

  • Eric, Mar 10th, 2012 (3 years ago)

    Let's be clear on one thing: Enbridge is running a very slick, well funded PR campaign. That's where the money is and it creates an unfair advantage in the debate. Their arguments may sound persuasive, but they don't stand up to close scrutiny. Finally, a poll might reveal public support, but it can also reveal public ignorance of the key issues.

  • Mark, BC Resident, Mar 09th, 2012 (3 years ago)

    More and more people in BC are becoming aware of Enbridge's terrible safety record. I would encourage people who believe this project will benefit BC or Canada as a whole financially to think twice and do your research. The environmental impact of this project will damage economic health as well as jeopardise environmental health and damage First Nations land. There are so many reasons to oppose this project. The costs FAR OUTWEIGH the benefits.

  • CONTESSA, Mar 08th, 2012 (3 years ago)

    The Heiltsuk people are the care takers of there "TERRITORY" lands & WATER, so we must speak up for all the creatures, as they have no idea whats happening, nor can they speak for themselves. I believe and have faith that native people will rise above any struggles we are faced with! We are very prideful of who we are regardless of our boundaries that have been placed. Enbridge is a corporation that will not take away what is vital to our way of living, we strive to survive on what mother earth provides , salmon fish, clams, halibut, snappers, ling cod,oligans, seaweed, herring eggs, deer, elk, crabs, cockles, mussles,sea urchins & prawns......etc so forth & so forth.

    Mnukvs `Wuwaxdi, one mind, one heart.....we will stand to protect Mother Earth

    Híłzákv strong, Híłzákv forever!

  • Terry L, Mar 08th, 2012 (3 years ago)

    Garnet, your comment is typical of the intellectually dishonest opposition to all major infrastructure projects in BC: filled with misinformation, half truths and emotional rhetoric. People who spout off nonsense like claiming that Transport Canada and Ipsos Reid, two highly professional organizations, have been "bought off' are clearly beyond capable of rational thought. Guess what? All polls are bought and paid for, even the ones you'd agree with, does that mean all polls are inaccurate? An obvious case of Harper Derangement Syndrome if I ever saw one.

  • Garnet, Mar 08th, 2012 (3 years ago)

    Your polls are bought and paid for - your record of spills is atrocious - and as many people have posted on here it is not an if a spill or tanker wreck happens but a mathematical Fact !! Why should British Columbians allow you to poison our waterways, food sources and recreational areas for YOU to make Billions of Dollars selling oil to a Country that has NO RESPECT for ANYTHING INCLUDING their OWN PEOPLE !! I have fished the waters you want to put tankers much Bigger than the Exxon Valdez through and I agree with the tug boat Captain who said it was bad idea - the fact that the study on marine safety turned out in your favour does not surprise me in the least when I see who is pulling those federal strings !! Harper and his Cronies have just bitten off a Whole lot More than they will be able to chew - we will see where you stand when his lying and Cheating gang is taken from power !! I for one will be there to chain myself to whatever I can to stop this insanity !! I Say No to Enbridge Not Now Not EVER !!!

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