B.C. referendum would say no to Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, poll shows

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The Dogwood Initiative, an environmental group, is laying the groundwork for a potential citizens' initiative seeking a B.C.-wide referendum on the Northern Gateway pipeline.

Here's why Enbridge doesn't want to see that happen: a new Insights West poll shows that such a vote would likely reject the project.

The pollster conducted an online study involving 647 British Columbians from June 17 to 21. The results have a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.

According to the poll, 63 percent of British Columbians like the idea of a plebiscite on Northern Gateway. If such a vote happened, 48 percent of B.C. residents would vote no to the project, while 38 percent would vote yes. 

Insights West says in a news release:

Voting intention for the plebiscite is split along age, gender and party lines. Men (52%), residents aged 55 and over (49%) and people who voted for the BC Liberals last year (59%) would be more likely to vote “Yes.” Conversely, most women (56%), residents aged 18-to-34 (55%) and BC NDP voters in 2013 (63%) are “No” voters at this point.

With at least a fraction of the undecideds likely to vote no, opponents of the pipeline would win the day.

The Stephen Harper government granted conditional approval to the project on June 17.

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Bruce

Jul 2, 2014 at 11:39am

This would be more encouraging if they had also included a question "did you vote in the last election", and not counted someone's response if the answer was no.

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