Fracking Poll Results

Media Release
February 2, 2012

Overall, the results of recent Environics polling clearly indicate that the majority of Canadians support a moratorium on all fracking for natural gas until all the federal environmental reviews are complete.

62% of Canadians support a moratorium on all fracking for natural gas until all the federal environmental reviews are complete.

Poll question

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a process used in extracting natural gas and other fossil fuels. Sand, water and chemicals are blasted under high pressure into shale rock to get at trapped natural gas and other fossil fuel deposits. There are environmental concerns about “fracking” relating to water contamination, carbon emissions and impacts on public health. The federal government launched two reviews of the potential environmental impact of fracking and it has the power to restrict fracking.

Would you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose a moratorium on all fracking for natural gas until all the federal environmental reviews are complete?

Region

The Environics Poll found that a majority of Canadians strongly or somewhat support a moratorium regardless of region. The following is a breakdown of people per region who strongly or somewhat support a moratorium:

  • 67% of people in British Columbia
  • 66% of people in the Atlantic provinces
  • 65% of people in Ontario
  • 64% of people in Manitoba/Saskatchewan
  • 57% of people in Alberta
  • 55% of people in Quebec

Support for a moratorium is consistent despite gender, age, employment status and family income.

Gender

  • 62% of both females and males strongly or somewhat support a moratorium.

Age

All age ranges strongly or somewhat support a moratorium with the following breakdown of age groups:

  • 59% of people 18-29 years old
  • 64% of people 30-44 years old
  • 66% of people 45-59 years old
  • 59 % of people over 60 year olds

Employment Status

There is consistent support for a moratorium regardless of people’s employment status with the most support among full-time employed people (66%), homemakers (62%) and students (62%).

Family Income

The majority of people in all income brackets support a moratorium on all hydraulic fracturing with the most support from people who earn $50, 000- $80, 000 (67%), over $100,000 (66%) and $80,000- $100,000 (64%).

The Environics Research survey was conducted by telephone among a national random sample of 2,000 adults comprising 1000 males and 1000 females 18 years of age and older, living in Canada. The sample included the following regional breakdown: Atlantic (250), Quebec (500), Ontario (500) Manitoba/Saskatchewan (250), Alberta (250) and British Colubmia (250). The margin of error for a sample of this size is +/- 2.19%, 19 times out of 20. Interviewing for this Environics National Telephone Omnibus Survey was completed during the period: January 5 - 15, 2012.