20 Jun 2017

Support for Muskrat Falls development at its lowest level since 2013

  • Four in ten Newfoundland and Labrador residents support the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project development, representing the lowest level of support since tracking began in 2013
  • Support for the Muskrat Falls development has been trending downward over the past two years

HALIFAX, NS June 20, 2017:  Support for the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project development has reached its lowest level since tracking began in February 2013, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.

Specifically, four in ten Newfoundland and Labrador residents (40%, compared with 45% in November 2016, and down from 54% in May 2016) completely or mostly support the Muskrat Falls development, while one-half (49%, compared with 48% in November 2016) mostly or completely oppose, and 12 percent either do not know or do not offer an opinion on the matter (up from 7%). This represents the lowest level of support for the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project development since tracking began in 2013, as well as a pattern of continual decline since May 2015.

“The continued decline in support for Muskrat Falls is perhaps not surprising given the rapidly rising costs of this project to consumers in the province,” said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “It is likely that support for this project will continue to decline until the electricity begins to flow from Muskrat Falls.”

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 401 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents. The survey was conducted from May 4 to 31, 2017, with overall results for the province accurate to within ± 4.9 percentage points in 95 out of 100 times.

Corporate Research Associates (CRA), www.cra.ca, is one of Canada’s leading public opinion and market research companies. Founded in 1978, CRA is dedicated to providing clients with state-of-the-art research and strategic consulting services. CRA is a Certified Gold Seal Member of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA), which sets stringent standards as a condition of membership, and enforces those standards through independent audits. Follow us on Twitter @CRAInsight.


For more information, please contact:

Don Mills, Chairman and CEO, at (902) 493-3838

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