For Immediate Release: August 30, 2011
NEW POLL MEASURES ONTARIANS’ SUPPORT FOR PARTY ENERGY PROPOSALS
Those Supporting a Party Don’t Necessarily Support That Party’s Proposals
(Toronto) On the eve of a provincial election, a new poll tests how Ontarians feel about some of the party proposals for energy generation. Four actual proposals were tested, as well as how voters supporting specific parties feel about those proposals.
“These results show that a person who is leaning towards voting for a specific party doesn’t necessarily support that party’s proposals for energy generation,” said Matt Price, Campaign Director with Environmental Defence. “In some cases, this shows that the party may need to catch up with their own voters if they want their continued support.”
Some of the poll results include:

69 per cent of Ontarians oppose the proposal to end incentives for green energy like solar and wind power and instead focus on electricity generation from natural gas, hydroelectric and nuclear. 50 per cent of those supporting the Conservatives also oppose this proposal.
70 per cent of Ontarians oppose the proposal to prohibit the private sector from building any more large scale electricity projects in Ontario, including green energy. 61 per cent of those supporting the NDP also oppose this proposal.
66 per cent of Ontarians oppose the proposal to fast-track building nuclear power generation, despite lack of financial support for nuclear power from the federal government. 52 per cent of those supporting the Conservatives also oppose this proposal.
62 per cent of Ontarians support the proposal to cancel nuclear plant upgrades and instead put money into retrofitting homes to be more energy efficient. 77 per cent of those supporting the NDP also support this proposal.

 
The poll also tested peoples’ ranking of nuclear, coal, natural gas, wind and solar, and energy efficiency based both on cost and on environmental responsibility. Ontarians ranked nuclear as most costly and energy efficiency as least costly. Ontarians also ranked wind and solar as most environmentally responsible and coal as least environmentally responsible.
The results are available for download here: https://environmentaldefence.ca/reports/party-energy-proposals-poll
About the Survey
The poll was commissioned by Environmental Defence.
From August 23rd to August 24th, 2011 an online survey was conducted among 800 randomly selected adult Ontario residents who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 3.4%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Ontario. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.
About Environmental Defence (www.environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.
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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Stephanie Kohls, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext. 232; 647-280-9521 (cell);
skohls@environmentaldefence.ca