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Poll shows many support expansion at the airport.

Close to half of locals 'support Heathrow expansion'
25 Sep 2014

Close to half (49 per cent) of people who live in west London, Windsor, Slough and Spelthorne support Heathrow Airport expansion, compared to a lower 32 per cent who are against it, recent research shows.

The research, carried out by Populus, showed a quarter of residents say they're more likely to cast their vote in a Parliamentary election for someone who is supportive of expansion for the airport. Just 17 per cent were more likely to give their vote for someone who opposes expansion.

More generally, 59 per cent of people feel positive about the airport and 34 per cent are neutral on the matter. Only six per cent feel negative about it.

The findings come from a representative group of people who would be most impacted by the airport expanding. They show that a large fraction of those based in constituencies around the airport support plans to open another runway, Heathrow says.  

Richmond was the only constituency where more were against expansion than for it.  

"The whole country can get behind this plan. Expansion at Heathrow will connect all of Britain to global growth, and keep Britain at the heart of the global economy," commented Heathrow chief executive, John Holland-Kaye.ADNFCR-408-ID-801750654-ADNFCR

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