Angus Reid Poll – Kinder Morgan Could Have Done A Better “PR” Job In Selling Trans Mountain To You

Vancouver/Ottawa/London, England –  The by-line from the latest Angus Reid poll said it all:

Six-in-ten say Kinder Morgan could have done a better job earning public’s trust on this project

Protests against Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain Pipeline have followed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for months, from Vancouver to Ottawa to London,England.

The protests from the United Kingdom’s branch of Greenpeace during Trudeau’s recent visit for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting serve as an indication of the scale of interest this pipeline debate has garnered. But, while Canadian protesters may find unity in the demonstration by their international counterparts, the broader Canadian public is less enthusiastic about resistance to this project.

The second report in a two-part Angus Reid Institute study of the TransMountain conflict finds Canadians are three times more likely to say the protesters (the Canadian ones) do not represent the mainstream view of their compatriots than to say they do.

This opinion may be driven by the perceived benefits of approval or consequent harms of rejection on this project. Six-in-ten Canadians (59%) say the pipeline expansion would help the Canadian economy overall, while one-in-five (17%) say it would have negative consequences.

More Key Findings:

  • Six-in-ten Canadians (60%) say that they view the protests against TransMountain as not representative of the mainstream view, but fewer (46%) say they would like to see B.C. Premier John Horgan should condemn them
  • By a ratio of three-to-one (58% vs 20%) Canadians say Kinder Morgan could have done a better job of earning public support, and brought much of this conflict upon itself. This opinion is held by supporters (56%) and opponents (70%) alike.
  • The debate over the TransMountain project has captured the nation’s attention. More than half of Canadians say they’re paying close attention to this issue – including majorities in every region other than Quebec

The rest of this extensive report can be found here.

1 Comment on "Angus Reid Poll – Kinder Morgan Could Have Done A Better “PR” Job In Selling Trans Mountain To You"

  1. Frank Sterle Jr | April 25, 2018 at 1:58 pm | Reply

    While the Angus Reid Institute survey results published on April 19 seem favourable to those who support the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project, unmentioned in the news reports I’d read was the identity of who commissioned the survey.
    And, yes, it very much matters.
    I recall a time, some decades ago, when this relevant information was normally included in newspaper reports.
    For example, if the current federal government or a pro-oil-pipeline media corporation had commissioned the survey—and, perhaps most importantly, formed its questionnaire—can one realistically expect to see published results that are notably critical of domestic oil-pipeline interests, especially in the present tense political environment?
    In other words, if you genuinely want to know who commissioned a specific-issue study, you can get a good idea by analyzing its general findings.
    Then there’s the matter of survey findings—if not the surveys altogether—that are suppressed because they’re not conducive, if not plain damaging, to the commissioner’s own interests.

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