Poll suggests most in province in favour of Muskrat Falls, group says

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A new poll released today by a pro-Muskrat Falls project group seems to indicate that a majority of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are in favour of building the $7.4-billion hydroelectric dam.

The poll asked, “As you may or may not be aware, the decision of whether or not to develop the Muskrat Falls Hydro-Electric project is drawing near. All things considered, do you (list of response options) the development of Muskrat Falls to meet the future power needs of Newfoundland and Labrador?”

The results were that 66 per cent of those surveyed support the development of Muskrat Falls to one degree or another, while 19 per cent did not have an opinion and 15 per cent opposed the development.

The poll was commissioned by I Believe in the Power of NL and conducted by pollsters Corporate Research Associates Inc. (CRA).

According to CRA, it used a random probability sampling, with a sample size of 400 people, with an accuracy rating of within plus or minus 4.9 per cent in 19 out of 20 samples.



Organizations: Corporate Research Associates, Muskrat Falls Hydro-Electric

Geographic location: Muskrat Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • jasben
    November 20, 2012 - 15:13

    Anyone who doesn't support this project is Anti-Newfoundland as far as I am concerned. What a bunch of whiners and complainers we have posting here.

  • Maurice E. Adams
    November 20, 2012 - 13:16

    I would be absolutely accept and respect fully the informed will of the people, no matter what the result of a clear and fairly worded referendum. PERIOD. That is democracy (not the democratic dictatorship that government is now imposing on its own people).

  • Albert Webber
    November 20, 2012 - 12:18

    Do the poll in Labrador? See a different result.

  • Happily Retired
    November 20, 2012 - 12:08

    Maurice, After you lose the referendum, then what. Maybe we'll have personal interviews with every single person in the province trying to convince them to come over to your point of view. Those against Muskrat Falls asked for more information. They got it and weren't satisfied . They asked for a poll and got it, they're still not satisfied. I'm sorry if you don't want to hear this, but the majority of people in this province want this done and finished. You sound like you're going through some kind of grief process and can't get out of the denial stage. Surely, you can't hate Danny Williams that much.

  • Maurice E. Adams
    November 20, 2012 - 10:50

    If this Millionaires for Muskrat poll is accurate, then government will have no problem putting this fiasco to a referendum --- confident in its position.------- I'm waiting to see whose best interest it is that our democratic dictatorship has at heart ---- Danny and the dinosaurs (with their 20th century thinking/megaproject) or the people, the ratepayers, the taxpayers, and lastly (but least) --- the voters. This project will in the end show who it is that this government has been looking out for. ----- Wait til the cost hits closer to $20 billion and oil hits $50 a barrel.

    • ICBYST
      November 20, 2012 - 12:38

      Do you think you should say that, "Millionaires for Muskrat". Given that you so often complain about people "attacking the messenger".

  • Frank
    November 20, 2012 - 08:37

    Give it up Maurice, the project is going ahead. You can keep praying to your Joey picture. If the Liberals were doing this deal you would be glowing in your support!

  • Jay
    November 20, 2012 - 08:29

    These comments about the validity of the poll are bordering on ridiculous. A well known company is not going to risk its reputationto corrupt a poll. Yes, most people are for this development. Anybody who thinks otherwise has to be delusional. I just wish government would hurry up and sanction it, and get this over with. I'm getting tired of seeing that false outrage on Lorraine Michael's face

  • Maurice E. Adams
    November 20, 2012 - 06:57

    The poll question contained within it the statement that the island needs the power --- the exact first question that both the review panel and the PUB concluded had not been demonstrated. It leads respondents to answer the question largely one way.

    • What Poll
      November 20, 2012 - 09:05

      About a month ago you spent the whole week "pushing" a poll on your blog. Now, here you are, criticizing this poll while oblivious to the complete mess of a poll you conducted.

  • Mary
    November 20, 2012 - 06:43

    I cannot understand and never will how they can say these polls are accurate. I have not been contacted by anyone to answer questions about Muskrat Falls and neither has ANY of my friends and family(I know a lot of people). I am willing to bet most people have not been contacted, how can they say MOST of the province are in favor? I just don't get it...it's comical to be honest.

  • Comment
    November 19, 2012 - 19:24

    Poll is flawed. 112 out of 400 people answered the first question on the phone poll that they strongly support it. I think it's disgusting to use the media for propaganda purposes.

  • who me
    November 19, 2012 - 17:48

    yEAH but did they say they supported te Deal. Everyone would be for muskrat but not like this. No wonder danny never let any Mha's under him speak.

  • Tim Jamison
    November 19, 2012 - 16:57

    These results are hardly surprising. Most people in the province want clean, cheap power, not more leftist lies and deceit. Lies and deceit won't keep your power bill stable

  • elsh
    November 19, 2012 - 16:45

    Isn't it ironic that a new poll suggesting 66% are in favor of the project gets released just as the House opens with Muskrat being the primary topic... Polls are a case of the Tail wagging the Dog... With a margin for error of plus or minus 4.9 percent (which effectively is a ten point spread) there remains a lot of room for doubt, inaccuracy and inconsistency in numbers... Take that same ten percent margin of error and apply it against the proposed Muskrat costs and you will be looking at quite a substantial figure (Over run ??? Ha !!) A referendum is the only way the people can be truly heard and politicians should keep in mind that they are supposed to be acting in the best interests of the people of the province and delivering the will of the people for the people.

  • Corporate Psycho
    November 19, 2012 - 16:45

    Bought and paid for by a special interest Group.

  • John Smith
    November 19, 2012 - 15:18

    cue all the mopes who will now say this corrupt, and all the people at CRA are corrupt, and all the people at Nalcor are corrupt...LOL It's as good as a circus...so funny...

  • Maurice E. Adams
    November 19, 2012 - 15:07

    Little better than a "push poll" where respondents are led, by the wording of the question, to a certain conclusion. Even government says that the first question is "do we need the power?", yet this poll question contains within it the statement that the province needs power, even though two independent reviews concluded that that had not been demonstrated. Having the question say that the province needs power tends to lead respondents, unknowingly, to the desired answer.