New figures released by Housing Minister Caroline Flint (pictured) show that 46 per cent of people canvassed in a YouGov survey support eco-towns in England, compared to just 9 per cent who are opposed.
The results are in stark contrast to newspaper reports last week that claims one of the 15 eco-town schemes shortlisted by Prime Minister Gordon Brown was withdrawn by Lincolnshire's East Lindsey District Council due to public pressure.
Flint said: ‘This is an important consultation, but all voices should be heard, not just those who shout loudest.
‘We recognise that some people do have concerns, but this research underlines the real recognition among the general public of the importance of building more affordable homes, and their support for the idea of an eco-town in the local area.’
The results also show that more than twice as many people support the development of an eco-town within five miles of their home than oppose, with 34 per cent for and 15 per cent against.