Bloomberg-Nanos Northern Gateway Pipeline Survey

June 3, 2014

Key Findings

A new Bloomberg Nanos survey in British Columbia suggests that 29 percent of British Columbians believe that the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline should be approved at this time.  Thirty four percent believe the proposed pipeline should not be approved, 33 percent believe it should be delayed for further review and the rest were unsure.  Men are more likely than women to believe the project should be approved.  However women are more likely than men to believe the project should be delayed for further review.

  • The two most prominent associations British Columbians have of the pipeline is the view that the pipeline might lead to an oil spill someday (36 percent) and that the project will create jobs in BC (25 percent).  Sixteen percent of BCers associated revenue for the provincial government and another 15 percent associated the pipeline with contributions to climate change.
  • Environmental groups in BC and Aboriginal leaders in BC are more likely to be considered credible or somewhat credible on the issue of the pipeline (75 percent and 71 percent respectively).  Almost one of two respondents (49 percent) thought that Enbridge, the company proposing the pipeline was credible or somewhat credible. One half of British Columbians (51 percent) thought the Clark provincial government was credible or somewhat credible on this issue while 46 percent of respondents believed the Harper federal government was credible or somewhat credible.
  • Just as many British Columbians thought that Aboriginal groups have the right amount of influence (36 percent) as thought that they should have more influence (35 percent).  Only 22 percent of respondents thought they should have less influence while eight percent were unsure.


This random telephone survey of 500 British Columbians was conducted between May 27th and 31st, 2014 by Nanos Research. The dual frame sample included both land- and cell-lines across BC. The results were statistically checked and weighted by age and gender using the latest Census information and the sample was geographically stratified to be representative of BC. The margin of error for a random survey of 500 British Columbians is ±4.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

The research was conducted by Nanos Research and commissioned by Bloomberg News.  The questions were cooperatively designed by Nanos Research and Bloomberg News together

The study was a stand alone study conducted for Bloomberg by Nanos with no other questions other than those listed in the tabulations with the question order as presented in the tabulations. This first part of a two part series has all the questions in the first section of the questions in the order they are presented. 

Part 2 will include the last two content questions of the study.  Non-content demographic questions were included at the end of the questionnaire to profile respondents and to weight the data.

Individuals called using random digit dialling and were called up to five times by Nanos and 10 percent of the fieldwork was monitored/validated in accordance with industry standards.

Note: Charts may not add up to 100 due to rounding.


Nik Nanos, FMRIA





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