70 of Canadians support a national moratorium on fracking: POLL

by: Obert Madondo  | Published Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014

Photo: Council of Canadians/FLICKR

Photo: Council of Canadians/FLICKR

A new poll commissioned by the Council of Canadians reveals that an overwhelming majority of Canadians oppose hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

The poll, conducted by EKOS Research found that a seventy per cent of Canadians, regardless of political affiliation, support “a national moratorium on fracking until it is scientifically proven to be safe.” EKOS interviewed 1,000 Canadians 18 years of age and older on September 10-17, 2014.

“Regardless of age, region or education, people from coast to coast are calling for an end to fracking,” said Maude Barlow, the National Chairperson for the Council of Canadians. “Communities understand very well the impacts that fracking has on water sources, climate and public health. With the moratoriums in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, it’s clearly the way communities want governments to go.”

Emma Lui, the Water Campaigner for the Council of Canadians, added: “Based on these numbers, political parties may want to rethink their positions to put them in line with what the population wants. We’re urging NDP leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau to support a moratorium as the Green Party has.”

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The results were release ahead of the October 11 Global Frackdown – an international day of action where activists around the world will demand a ban on fracking.

In the meantime, the Council of Canadians urges Canadians to call their MPs and tell them:
1. 70% of Canadians support a national moratorium on fracking until it is scientifically proven to be safe.
2. How many people in your region support a moratorium. (see below)
3. What percentage of their party’s supporters want a moratorium. (see below)

You can find your MPs’ contact details via this Parliament of Canada link: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compilations/HouseofCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC

Via the Council of Canadians, the full results of the poll:

Results of EKOS Research poll, October 2014

Poll questions

  1. As you may know, hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a process where sand, water and chemicals are injected into the ground to break apart rock formations to extract natural gas or oil. How would you rate your awareness of fracking? Would you say you are very aware, somewhat aware, not very aware, or not at all aware of fracking?
  2. The federal government recently commissioned an independent review of fracking, which found a lack of scientific research on fracking well leaks, the safety of fracking chemicals, and the long-term impacts of fracking. Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose a national moratorium on fracking until it is scientifically proven to be safe?

Awareness of fracking

The EKOS Poll found that a majority of Canadians were very or somewhat aware of fracking. The following is a breakdown of people who are aware of fracking per region:

  • 67% of people in Canada
  • 85% of people in the Atlantic provinces
  • 29% of people in Quebec
  • 75% of people in Ontario
  • 76% of people in Manitoba/Saskatchewan
  • 83% of people in Alberta
  • 82% of people in British Columbia & the Territories

Support for a moratorium

The EKOS Poll found that a majority of Canadians strongly or somewhat support a moratorium regardless of region. The following is a breakdown of people per region who strongly or somewhat support a moratorium:

  • 70% of people in Canada
  • 67% of people in the Atlantic provinces
  • 67% of people in Quebec
  • 75% of people in Ontario
  • 71% of people in Manitoba/Saskatchewan
  • 62% of people in Alberta
  • 70% of people in British Columbia & the Territories

Support for a moratorium among federal party supporters

The EKOS Poll found that a majority of Canadians strongly or somewhat support a moratorium regardless of which federal party they support, with the exception of Conservative Party supporters. The following is a breakdown of people based on voter intention who strongly or somewhat support a moratorium:

  • 78% of Liberal Party supporters
  • 49% of Conservative Party supporters
  • 87% of New Democratic Party supporters
  • 75% of Green Party supporters
  • 65% of Bloc Quebecois supporters
  • 34% of supporters of other parties

Support for a moratorium is consistent despite gender, age, employment status and family income.

Gender

  • 68% of males and 73% of females strongly or somewhat support a moratorium.

Age

All age ranges strongly or somewhat support a moratorium with the following breakdown of age groups:

  • 76% of people 18-34 years old
  • 69% of people 35-44 years old
  • 68% of people 45-54 years old
  • 70% of people 55-64 years old
  • 67% of people over 65 years old

Family Income

The majority of people in all income brackets support a moratorium on all hydraulic fracturing with the most support from people who earn $30,000-60,000 (75%), and $60,000- $100,000 (73%).

Education

The majority of people with all levels of education support a moratorium on all hydraulic fracturing with the most support from people who have university education (75%)

 

Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based progressive blogger, and the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive. Follow him on Twitter.com/Obiemad

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