New poll: Majority of voters support coal terminals

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New poll: Majority of voters support coal terminals

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

WASHINGTON STATE, – A new poll shows Washington voters support coal export proposals like the Gateway Pacific Terminal by a 2-to-1 margin.

The independent poll by Elway Research says 60 percent of voters surveyed support the shipping terminals, with just 31 percent opposed.

The margin of error is about 5 percent and the poll sampled 406 registered voters from a variety of demographics.

The results are similar to other polls released last year.

A November poll by Gallatin Public Affairs found about 57 percent of Washington voters and about 55 percent of Oregon voters supported more coal exports.

A survey released by the GPT last fall showed 56 percent of people in Whatcom and Skagit counties favor the proposal for the Cherry Point location.