Support for pipelines in BC divided among age, gender and income
In a recent survey by Angus Reid, a surprising fraction of BC voters support the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMEP), despite the government's effort to derail the project.
Overall, 47% of respondents support TMEP while 33% want to see it cancelled. Support is split along political lines, with only 10% of Liberal voters wanting to see the pipeline cancelled, versus almost 50% of Green/NDP voters.
Younger voters with lower household incomes, who make up a larger proportion of Green and NDP voters, were more likely to be against the project. Female responders were also far more likely to be opposed to the expansion.
Poll results were very similar for BC Hydro's Site C hydroelectric dam, which is also on the new government's hit-list.
Both the $7.4 billion Trans Mountain expansion and the $9 billion Site C hydro dam currently sit in political limbo as BC's NDP coalition government spends taxpayer dollars on litigation and environmental reviews aimed at getting the projects cancelled or deferred.