Poll finds public support for Site C
October 16th, 2013
A public opinion poll on the Site C Clean Energy Project (Site C) shows strong levels of support for the proposed hydroelectric project. The poll by Anderson Insight found that:
- A total of 84% of those surveyed provincially either support (42%) or can accept under circumstances (42%) building Site C, while 13% are opposed. The numbers are equally strong in the region, with 81% who support Site C (43%) or can accept it under circumstances (38%), while 17% are opposed.
- Almost 9 in 10 people surveyed (89% provincially, 87% regionally) say they would be comfortable with the Site C project provided that affected communities are properly consulted and their views taken into account as much as possible.
- 86% provincially and 83% regionally would be comfortable with Site C provided that the project completes an extensive, independent environmental review resulting in approval.
The poll found that 78% of those surveyed in the region (north and northeast) are aware of Site C. About four in ten (41%) residents of the province have heard about the proposed dam. There is no statistical difference in support for the proposed project based on awareness levels.
The province-wide telephone poll of 804 people took place between September 3-8, 2013. The poll has a margin of error of 3.5%, 19 times out of 20.
The regional poll of 250 people took place between September 26-29, 2013. The regional poll has a margin of error of 6.3%, 19 times out of 20.