Growing numbers of people are in favour of a Malta-Gozo tunnel, with new polling revealing that around 60 percent support the proposed link.
The survey found that 63 percent of those questioned by Malta Today agree with the construction of a tunnel, with opposition running at 24 percent.
Support for a tunnel is even stronger in Gozo, where 66 percent of Gozitans agree with the idea with only 9.5 percent against.
Planning for the proposed 13km-long tunnel has already started with a number of geological studies carried out, and detailed plans drawn up for the exact route of the road under the sea.
The tunnel would run between Nadur in Gozo and L-Imbordin on the outskirts of St Paul’s Bay, according to the proposals being put forward by the government.
Engineering experts from Britain and Norway said the excavation work would take around three years, with further time needed to complete the new roads at the tunnel portals.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has previously said the tunnel could be open for business by 2024.
The survey was conducted by telephone among 600 people across Malta and Gozo between 5 November and 8 November.
Malta Today said the margin of error was plus or minus 4%.