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Muskrat Falls support hits lowest level in N.L. since 2013: poll

A downstream view of the spillway at Muskrat Falls, February 2017.
A downstream view of the spillway at Muskrat Falls, February 2017.

Support for the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric development has reached its lowest level since tracking began in February 2013, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. (CRA) 

Specifically, four in 10 Newfoundland and Labrador residents completely or mostly support the Muskrat Falls development. That’s 40 per cent, compared with 45 per cent in November 2016, and down from 54 per cent in May 2016.

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At the same time one-half of respondents mostly or completely oppose the controversial project — 49 per cent, compared with 48 per cent in November 2016)

Twleve per cent either do not know or do not offer an opinion on the matter, up from 7 per cent).

“The continued decline in support for Muskrat Falls is perhaps not surprising given the rapidly rising costs of this project to consumers in the province,” said Don Mills, CRA’s chairman and CEO. “It is likely that support for this project will continue to decline until the electricity begins to flow from Muskrat Falls.”

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly, an independent telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 401 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents. The survey was conducted from May 4 to 31, 2017, with overall results for the province accurate to within ± 4.9 percentage points in 95 out of 100 times. 


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