Half of British Columbians Remain Opposed to Northern Gateway

The public remains divided on the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion.

Vancouver, BC – The views of British Columbians on two proposed pipeline projects have not gone through a massive shift over the past few months, a new Insights West poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative provincial sample, 50% of British Columbians say they oppose the Enbridge Northern Gateway, while 35% support it.

Two Insights West surveys conducted in July 2015 and January 2016 show that opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway has been at or near 50% for the past 13 months.

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Women (51%), British Columbians aged 18 to 34 (56%), residents of Vancouver Island (57%) and BC Green Party voters in 2013 (73%) are more likely to voice opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway.

Views on the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion remain more nuanced, with 46% of British Columbians opposing the project and 40% supporting it.

Opposition to this project was highest in January 2013, but has hovered around the 46% mark for the past 13 months.

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As is the case with the Enbridge Northern Gateway, women (51%), British Columbians aged 18 to 34 (55%), residents of Vancouver Island (53%) and BC Green Party voters in 2013 (72%) are more likely to oppose the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion.

“The ethnic analysis shows that British Columbians of European and East Asian descent are more likely to oppose the two pipeline projects than their South Asian counterparts,” says Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs, at Insights West. “Still, gender and age continue to be the main drivers for opposition.”

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 from August 19 to August 23, 2016, among a representative sample of 827 adults in British Columbia. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.5 percentage points. Click to view the detailed data tabulations.

For further information, please contact:

Mario Canseco
Vice President, Public Affairs, Insights West
778-929-0490
mariocanseco@insightswest.com

 

Photograph: Tim Gage