Poll Finds Northwest Residents’ Support For Coal Dropping

Jun 19, 2013

A new survey finds support for coal export terminals has dropped over the past year among Northwest residents. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

  A public opinion poll for EarthFix asked Northwest residents how they felt about transporting coal from Montana and Wyoming through the region. That coal would then be exported to Asia. Three export terminals are proposed in the Northwest.

DHM Research surveyed 483 residents in Washington, Oregon and Idaho from Friday through Monday.

John Horvick is with DHM Research. He says last year 55 percent of Northwest residents supported exporting coal. Now, 41 percent of residents support it.

Horvick: “It is typical for opinions to shift. If we think of think of this as a political campaign, we generally see support for an issue at its peak when the campaign starts – and then for support to erode over time.”

The survey had a margin of error of 4.5 percent.

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