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Most North Shore residents want leaf blowers banned: poll

Only 22 per cent say we should keep noisy gardening tools
Two North Shore councillors are bringing forward options tackling the noise and pollution from leaf blowers.

Go, leaf blowers, go.

A majority of North Shore residents say municipal governments should ban the gas-powered gardening tools.

The District of West Vancouver is currently considering banning the devices, citing noise and carbon emissions.

North Shore News polled 1,357 North Shore News readers and asked the question: Should municipalities ban gas-powered leaf blowers?

The poll ran from Oct. 5 to Oct. 20. Of the 1,357 votes, we can determine that 535 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:

Yes. They are a source of needless noise pollution. 56.45 % local, 54.02 % total    
No. We should not be banning tools that get the job done. 22.43 % local, 24.47 % total    
I don't care. Councils should have other priorities. 21.12 % local, 21.52 % total    
  Local   Total

Results are based on an online study of adult North Shore News readers that are located on the North Shore. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- 2.65%, 19 times out of 20.

North Shore News uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.