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article imagePoll Shows Canadian Participation in Earth Hour

By Bob Ewing     Apr 11, 2008 in Politics
Over half (56%) said they reduced their energy use during Earth Hour on March 29th.
21% did not, and 19% said they were not aware of the Earth Hour initiative.
A new Canadian Press Harris/Decima survey (pdf) asked Canadians about the Earth Hour initiative.
Results:
- 56% said they reduced their energy use during Earth Hour on March 29th.
21% did not, and 19% said they were not aware of the Earth Hour initiative.
- Ontarians were by far the most active energy savers, with 73% saying they reduced
their energy use. A plurality in all other regions participated.
- Women (60%) were more likely than men (52%) to have reduced energy use during
Earth Hour, while almost equal numbers across age groups did so.
- Supporters of the Green Party (69%) and the Liberals (64%) were more likely to have
participated in Earth Hour than supporters of the Conservatives (53%) and the Bloc
Quebecois (39%).
- Awareness of the initiative was highest in Ontario, at 86%, and lowest in Quebec (67%),
Alberta (70%) and British Columbia (73%).
- Most Canadians (58%) believe Earth Hour should occur more regularly. 36% prefer
once a month, 10% once a week and 12% once a day. One-in-three (29%) believe that
the current practice of once a year should continue, while 9% believe the idea should be
dropped entirely.
• 96% of those who participated in Earth Hour feel that the initiative should continue to
occur. Among those who knew of the initiative, but did not participate, 74% believe that
Earth Hour should continue to occur in the future, while 79% of those who did not know
about Earth Hour feel it’s an initiative that should continue.
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