B.C. Residents Split on Kinder Morgan Decision says Poll
Prince George, B.C. – A new Insights West opinion poll indicates while most British Columbians surveyed agree with the Federal Government’s decision to stop the proposed Enbridge Gateway pipeline project, the feelings are not so definite on the Kinder Morgan expansion.Three-in-five British Columbians (59%) agree with the federal government’s decision to reject the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines project, while 29% disagree with Ottawa’s course of action.
As for Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project, an online survey by Insights West show 45% of the British Columbians surveyed support the proposed expansion, and 45% oppose it.
What is interesting to note is that opposition to the project is remained relatively static since January of this yearly of 2015, but support for the project has rebounded from a low of 36% to 45% in December. That support has drawn numbers from those who are not sure one way or the other on the project, which pegged uncertainty at 19% in January and just 10% this month.
“The federal government’s verdict has boosted support for the Trans Mountain project in British Columbia, but not to a point where a clear majority of residents side with one of the options,” says Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs, at Insights West. “British Columbians who already were opposed to this project remain in the same column.”
Men (52%), residents aged 55 and over (58%), and those who voted for the BC Liberals in the 2013 election (64%) are more likely to support the expansion, while women (48%), residents aged 18-34 (56%), and those who voted for the BC New Democratic Party (NDP) on the last provincial ballot (64%) are more likely to oppose it.
According to the Insights West survey, most British Columbians expect the project to create jobs (77%), support economic growth (71%), lead to increased tax revenue (63%), and lead to strong relationships with Asian countries (49%).
Half of British Columbians (50%) believe it is a good idea to hold a province-wide plebiscite where registered voters get to have a say on the Kinder Morgan expansion.