It’s data pipeline backers will no doubt be celebrating.
While environmentalists have been loud and clear when it comes to their disapproval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, it turns out much of B.C. doesn’t feel the same.
A new poll from the Angus Reid Institute shows 37% of British Columbians feel pleased or neutral about the project, to 34% who feel upset. The rest are unsure.
Executive Director of the Institute Shachi Kurl says the numbers betray the idea that the project is universally hated west of the Rockies.
“They do counter what can often be a perception that everybody in British Columbia is opposed to resource development or pipeline approval. In fact, that’s not the case. It really depends on where you live in this province and British Columbians are pretty split on the issue.”
Kurl says the data betrays a key urban-rural divide.
“British Columbians are in fact split on this issue, but where the opposition is most powerful or most vociferous is in and around Metro Vancouver.”
The study also shows that B.C. residents’ approval of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has fallen by 9% since September.
Kurl suggests the drop could be linked to the federal approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.