Support for wind power in Ontario is strong, poll shows

The poll counteracts recent attempts by some wind opponents in Ontario to portray opposition as widespread. The poll of 1,300 Ontario residents was conducted by IPSOS Reid.

An overwhelming number of those surveyed—87 %–also said they believe that wind power is less harmful to health than other ways of producing electricity. This finding is a particular blow to those opponents in Canada who have suggested that the sound from wind turbines has ill health effects.


The Canadian Wind Energy Association recently commissioned the research firm Ipsos Reid to conduct a poll to gain insight into Ontario residents’ views on wind energy. The poll surveyed 1,361 citizens from five different regions in the province between June 25-30, 2010. The survey shows that the vast majority of Ontarians support wind energy because of its environmental and economic benefits.

By Chris Madison,