Around 50 per cent of Canberrans support the construction of stage two of the proposed light rail from Civic to Woden, according to a poll commissioned by UnionsACT.
A poll conducted last month (16 March) found that 51.5 per cent of the 2,044 Canberrans surveyed support the next instalment, which is higher than the support for stage one, which was 39 per cent according to a poll in May 2015.
The eight-question poll was conducted by Reachtel, who randomly selected the 2,044 people then weighted by census data to be representative of the ACT population.
The union said the poll has a 2.2 per cent margin of error.
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UnionsACT secretary Alex White said the survey showed the importance of the light rail project to Canberrans.
Mr White said the 51.5 per cent support for light rail is very high “especially after the strong opposition from the Canberra Liberals and relentless negative coverage from the Canberra Times”.
Mr White said ACT Senator Zed Seselja has opposed, delayed and blocked progress for stage two.
“By referring the construction of light rail stage two to a federal parliamentary inquiry, Senator Seselja appears intent on sabotaging hundreds of local jobs,” he said.
“Sadly, it appears that Senator Seselja and his counterparts in the Assembly have only a single vision for Canberra, which is to destroy jobs and wreck our local economy.”
Comments were sought from ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja.
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