Support for South Okanagan national park on the wane, survey says | iNFOnews | Thompson-Okanagan's News Source

Current Conditions


Penticton News

Support for South Okanagan national park on the wane, survey says

South Okanagan residents are showing less interest in a national park in the area, according to the most recent poll on the issue.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED
January 22, 2019 - 4:00 PM

PENTICTON - A new poll on the proposed national park in the South Okanagan-Similkameen indicates residents are showing decreasing support. At the same time, growing numbers of residents want to see a referendum on the proposal.

The South Okanagan Similkameen Preservation Society says in a media release it recently commissioned a survey with Innovative Research Group. The phone interviews took place in December 2018 and involved 300 residents of the South Okanagan and Similkameen in communities near proposed park boundaries.

The survey found 35 per cent of those asked are strongly opposed to the park with only 27 per cent in strong support, the release states. The poll’s finding contradict those of a 2010 poll conducted by McAllister Opinion Research, in which 69 per cent of respondents were in favour of a national park.

Support for a referendum on the park is on the rise, with three out of four survey responders indicating a desire for a vote on the national park reserve, according to the release.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad or call 250-488-3065 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above.

News from © iNFOnews, 2019

  • Popular penticton News
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile