British Columbians Still Divided Over Pipeline Expansion

Roughly the same proportion of residents support and oppose the proposed Kinder Morgan project.

Vancouver, BC – The recent provincial election and the swearing-in of a new government in British Columbia have not moved the needle on the issue of pipeline expansion, a new Insights West poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative sample of British Columbians, 46% of residents (+1 since an Insights West poll conducted in December 2016) say they oppose the proposed expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, while 44% support it (-1).

In the Lower Mainland, support for the project stands at 41%, while opposition is at 48%.

A majority of British Columbians expect the proposed project to create new jobs (77%), support economic growth (70%), lead to increased tax revenue (64%) and lead to strong relationships with Asian countries (51%). However, only 42% think the expansion will benefit First Nations communities along the pipeline.

At least seven-in-ten British Columbians are concerned over an expected increase in oil tanker traffic near Vancouver (79%), the risk of an oil spill (74%) and the impact of pipeline construction on the environment (70%), while three-in-five are worried about the project’s impact on climate change (60%) and First Nations communities (also 60%).

The current Government of British Columbia has hired a lawyer to deal with pending legal actions related to the proposed expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline. Two-in-five residents (42%) support this course of action, while just over a third (36%) are opposed to it.

“Strong opposition to the pipeline expansion is higher than strong support by an 11-point margin,” says Steve Mossop, President of Insights West. “Women and residents of Vancouver Island continue to be groups more likely to disagree with the continuation of the project.”

About Insights West:

Insights West is a progressive, Western-based, full-service marketing research company. It exists to serve the market with insights-driven research solutions and interpretive analysis through leading-edge tools, normative databases, and senior-level expertise across a broad range of public and private sector organizations. Insights West is based in Vancouver and Calgary.

Most of our surveys are conducted through our Your Insights panel. The Your Insights panel is comprised of 30,000 Canadians who share their opinions on a variety of political, economic, social and other issues while earning the opportunity to get paid and win great prizes. If you’re interested in joining, please register at yourinsights.ca.

About this Release:

Results are based on an online study conducted by Insights West from September 1 to September 6, 2017, among 817 adult residents of British Columbia. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age and gender. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.5 percentage points for the entire sample, nineteen times out of twenty. View the detailed data tabulations.

For further information, please contact:

Steve Mossop
President, Insights West
778-379-1140
stevemossop@insightswest.com

 

Photograph: Aaron Gustafson