An aerial view of Muskrat Falls taken in August. — Photo by Ashley Fitzpatrick/The Telegram
A new poll by Corporate Research Associates says there appears to be little opposition to the development of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Nearly two-thirds (63 per cent) of residents completely or mostly support the Muskrat Falls project, according to the poll.
One-quarter (27 per cent) completely or mostly oppose the hydroelectric project, while very few neither support nor oppose the development (five per cent) or do not offer an opinion (five per cent).
Support is highest in the eastern region of the province with seven in 10 (72 per cent) of residents from this area in support of the project while six in 10 (62 per cent) St. John’s/Avalon residents, and a similar number of western region residents (58 per cent) in support of the development.
“Despite on-going criticism of the Muskrat Falls project,” Don Mills, chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates, said “a clear majority of citizens in Newfoundland and Labrador support the hydroelectric development project.”
Among those who support the Muskrat Falls development, CRA says economic advantages such as being good for the economy, job creation and having another source of energy are top mentions. Opponents of the project most often cite the cost of the project as their reason for opposing it.
These poll results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, based on a telephone sample of 400 adult Newfoundland and Labradorians, conducted from Feb. 11 to March 8, 2013.
CRA says overall results are accurate to within plus or minus 4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.