A new poll shows support for the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline is up.
The poll, conducted by Insights West, shows support for the pipeline stands at 42 per cent, up seven points since February.
Opposition to the project has dropped 14 points from 61 per cent opposed to 47 per cent opposed in the same time period.
Pollsters say it’s important to note that “strong opposition” to the pipeline has dropped 9 points to 29 per cent.
“At the start of the year, strong opposition to the Northern Gateway outranked strong support by an almost 4-to-1 margin—now it’s less than 2-to-1,” says Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs at Insights West. “While a large proportion of British Columbians continue to have reservations about the project, the numbers are very different from what we observed at the start of the year.”
Support for Northern Gateway is high among men (50 per cent) and residents aged 55 and over (49 per cent).
Even with the increase in support, 88 per cent of British Columbians are worried about an increase in oil tanker traffic and 85 per cent are concerned about the impact of construction on the environment.
The poll was conducted by Insights West from November 12 to November 15, and surveyed 749 people online.