The Manning Centre and Mission Research released today poll results that show the vast majority of Canadian millennials support expanding the development of our nation’s natural resource sector.

Specifically, participants were asked – How much do you support or oppose expanding development of natural resource sector?”

The results showed:

  • 30% strongly support expanding development of natural resource sector
  • 51% somewhat support expanding development of natural resource sector
  • 16% somewhat oppose expanding development of natural resource sector
  •  4% strongly oppose expanding development of natural resource sector

“We sometimes see young people protesting the oil sands and other natural resource projects, but clearly they’re the minority,” said Peter McCaffrey, Director of Research at the Manning Centre. “Perhaps millennials understand the importance of natural resources to the future of the Canadian economy and their own job prospects.”

Breakdown by Region:

BC AB Prairies ON QC Atlantic
Strongly support 23% 39% 27% 30% 28% 36%
Somewhat support 55% 47% 57% 49% 51% 50%
Somewhat oppose 16% 11% 12% 18% 16% 12%
Strongly oppose 6% 3% 4% 3% 5% 2%

The results released today are part of a larger poll commissioned by the Manning Centre that examines the opinions of millennials towards politics and various areas of public policy. The full poll, conducted by Mission Research, will be discussed at the upcoming Manning Centre Conference during the “Millennial Mindset” breakout session (Feb 23-25 in Ottawa).

This polling research was conducted October 11-19, 2016 via online interviews using a random sample of 2,000 Canadians aged 15-34 years. A corresponding random sample of the population would yield results accurate to within ±2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.