10:45AM, Friday 25 April 2014
Councillors who support the expansion of Heathrow Airport are more likely to be elected than those who oppose it, according to an independent poll.
1,000 people in the Royal Borough were interviewed by independent polling company Populus asking them how they felt towards Heathrow Airport, what they thought about expansion and whether they would vote for a councillor who supported expansion.
The figures showed that 56 per cent of people felt positively towards the airport with 49 per cent supporting expansion compared to 32 per cent who opposed expansion.
The poll also stated 23 per cent of people in the Royal Borough would be more likely to vote for a councillor who supported expansion compared to 15 per cent who would vote for someone who opposed expansion.
Colin Matthews, chief executive of Heathrow Airport, said: "A third runway at Heathrow has traditionally been seen as the best option for the UK but politically difficult.
"This research suggests that the political costs of supporting a third runway at Heathrow have been overstated."
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