18% of Nova Scotians Support the Use of Fracking

MQO Research spoke with 400 residents of Nova Scotia about their views on the use of fracking to extract oil and gas.

Fewer than one in five Nova Scotians either strongly support or support the practice:

  • 5 percent strongly support
  • 13 percent support
  • 20 percent neither support or oppose
  • 28 percent oppose
  • 21 percent strongly oppose
  • 13 percent don’t know

There are gender and age divides in the province. Males were far more likely to support fracking than females:

  • 26 percent of males either strongly support or support the practice
  • 9 percent of women either strongly support or support the practice

Opposition to fracking increases with age:

  • 41 percent of those 18 to 34 are opposed or strongly opposed to fracking
  • 48 percent of those 35 to 54 are opposed or strongly opposed to fracking
  • 56 percent of those 55 and older are opposed or strongly opposed to fracking

We also asked how familiar people were with the process:

  • 10 percent said very familiar
  • 50 percent said somewhat familiar
  • 21 percent said not very familiar at all
  • 19 percent said not at all familiar

Data collection occurred by telephone from April 17th to April 25th, 2018 and included 400 randomly selected residents from across the province. The margin of error is ± 4.9 percentage points 19 times out of 20.

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