Survey finds public would support fracking more than waste plants

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12th July 2016 13:16 - Oil and Gas

Survey finds public would support fracking more than waste plants: A recent survey has revealed that the general public remain very much opposed to waste plants, with waste facilities and power stations being amongst the most unpopular forms of development.Survey finds public would support fracking more than waste plants

The survey gathered the opinions of 2,005 adults in Britain, and revealed that significantly more people would be more willing to support an application for fracking than for a waste plant in their local area.

According to the DI Tracker survey which is conducted annually by the political strategy consultants, Development Intelligence, nearly 75 per cent of the public would not be in favour of a waste facility in their local area, whereas less than 10 per cent would support it.

Of the different forms of developments, the most unpopular was quarrying, with a total approval rating of -65, closely followed by power stations at -62 and waste facilities at -58.

On the other hand, the most popular forms of developments were improvements to roads, retirement living and schools. The findings revealed that waste facilities were almost twice as popular amongst local politicians, with a total approval rating of -35.

The DI Tracker has been published every year since 2013, after being created and commissioned by Development Intelligence.

The tracker was carried out by an independent market research company, who interviewed 2,005 British adults and 400 local councillors. The data was then weighted to be demographically representative of all British adults over the age of 18 and all British councillors by party and region.

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