Four-in-Ten (42%) Familiar with Project
Project Support (48%) Well Ahead of Project Opposition (32%)
VANCOUVER, Jan. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - A new Ipsos Reid poll conducted on
behalf of Enbridge shows that British Columbians are more likely to
support than oppose the proposed Northern Gateway Pipelines Project.
All survey respondents were shown the following project description:
As you may know, Enbridge is the company leading the Northern Gateway
Pipelines Project, which is a proposal to build an underground pipeline
system between near Edmonton, Alberta and Kitimat, in northern BC. One
pipeline will transport oil to Kitimat for export by tanker to China
and other Asian markets. A second pipeline will be used to import
condensate (a product used to thin oil products for pipeline transport)
A majority of British Columbians are not familiar with the project.
Slightly more than four-in-ten (42%) residents say they are "very
familiar" (5%) or "somewhat familiar" (37%) with the project described
above. Another three-in-ten (30%) are "not very familiar" and
one-quarter (25%) are "not at all familiar" with the project.
Familiarity ("very" or "somewhat") is higher among Northern residents
(61%), men (48% vs. 37% of women) and older residents (53% of 55+ years
vs. 43% of 35-54 years, 30% of 18-34 years).
Project support is well ahead of opposition. Nearly half (48% overall,
14% "strongly") of British Columbians say they support the project,
compared to one-third (32% overall, 13% "strongly") in opposition.
Two-in-ten (20%) are undecided about the project.
Project support leads opposition in all regions, among both genders and
among all age groups. Project support is highest among Northern
residents (55%), men (58% vs. 38% of women) and older residents (58% of
55+ years vs. 47% of 35-54 years, 38% of 18-34 years).
Project Benefits and Concerns
All respondents were asked, on an open-ended basis, to name one main
project benefit and one main project concern.
The top project benefit, mentioned by half (51%) of British Columbians,
is "employment/ economic benefits". Less frequently mentioned benefits
include "export/trade benefits" (10%) and "better/ safer mode of
The top mentioned project concerns include "general environmental
concerns" (43%) and "risk of spills/leaks" (21%). Less frequently
mentioned concerns include "general safety/ protection concerns"(7%),
"pollution/ contamination" (5%) and "cost/ expenses" (5%).
These are the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of
Enbridge. The poll of 1,000 adult British Columbians was conducted
online using Ipsos Reid's national online household panel between
December 12 and December 15, 2011. A survey with an unweighted
probability sample of this size and a 100% response rate would have an
estimated margin of error of ±3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of
20. The margin of error would be larger within regions and for other
sub-groupings of the survey population. These data were statistically weighted to ensure the sample's regional
and age/sex composition reflects that of the actual BC population
according to 2006 Census data.
SOURCE Ipsos-Reid Corporation
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Ipsos Reid Public Affairs