New Poll Finds 62% of Alaskans Oppose Pebble Mine

Yesterday Bristol Bay United released a new poll on Alaskans’ attitudes about the Pebble Mine – and the news isn’t good for the project. 

The poll reveals that opposition to the Pebble Mine remains strong across Alaska, with 62% of likely Alaskan voters opposing the mine and only 33% supporting it. The intensity gap is also glaring: 47% of respondents are “strongly opposed” to the mine and only 16% “strongly support” it.  Notably, the opposition crosses political and ideological lines.

The poll also reveals the strong support for EPA action to protect Bristol Bay: 55% support EPA action to deny Pebble Mine the federal permit necessary to move forward.

These results are just the latest confirmation of the overwhelming opposition to Pebble Mine.

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A poll released by NRDC revealed that a significant majority of Americans in the lower 48 (77%) oppose Pebble Mine.  A survey by the Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) found that 81% of its Native shareholders strongly oppose Pebble Mine. And polling data released by the Alaska Conservation Foundation found that 85% of commercial fishermen in Bristol Bay oppose Pebble Mine, including 80% who oppose it strongly.

Other surveys have also documented substantial local opposition to Pebble Mine, finding that over 80% of Bristol Bay residents oppose Pebble Mine.

All of these poll results leave no room for doubt.

The overwhelming majority of Bristol Bay residents–together with a strong majority of Alaskans and Americans in the lower 48 – do not want the Pebble Mine. They do not want a mine that would dump an estimated 10 billion tons of mining waste at the headwaters of the greatest wild salmon fishery in the world. They do not want a mine that would threaten the region’s salmon – the economic and cultural backbone of the region that supports 10,000 jobs, a $1.5 billion annual commercial fishing industry, and a subsistence lifestyle that has flourished for millennia.   

Three of the biggest mining companies in the world – Anglo American, Rio Tinto, and Mitsubishi – have all backed out of the Pebble Mine.  Tell Northern Dynasty Minerals – the last company standing behind the Pebble Mine – that it’s time to listen to the people and do the same.  Click here to tell Northern Dynasty Minerals that it’s time to walk away from Bristol Bay.

About the Authors

Taryn Kiekow Heimer

Deputy Director, Marine Mammal Protection Project, Nature Program

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