The vast majority of Louisiana voters believe protecting and restoring coastal Louisiana is as important as any other issue facing the state, and the next governor should make restoration a high priority.
According to the poll results, 85 percent of 917 likely Louisiana voters say restoration should be a high priority for the next governor, and 78 percent believe it’s as important as other issues.
The poll also found that 59 percent of voters felt it was “very important” and 36 percent felt it was “somewhat important” for the next governor to “commit to move quickly and get started building coastal restoration projects.”
The poll was conducted by the Baton Rouge-based Southern Media & Opinion Research Inc. and paid for by the National Audubon Society on behalf of the campaign. Pollsters sampled 917 registered, likely Louisiana voters between July 27 and July 30 2015, and the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
According to the poll, 87 percent of voters also believe the new governor should work to identify and secure additional funding for restoration projects included in the state’s coastal Master Plan and 90 percent believe the governor should ensure money currently dedicated to coastal restoration is not spent on something else.
The poll also found that 75 percent of voters found Louisiana’s coastal areas and wetlands were “very important” to them personally and 22 percent found them “somewhat important.”
Asked why they were important, 42 percent said to protect cities and communities against hurricane storm surge flooding; 25 percent said to protect jobs, the economy and commercial infrastructure; 19 percent said to provide fisheries for future generations, and 10 percent said to protect the culture and way of life in coastal communities.
The poll also found that 66 percent of voters agreed that the scientists, engineers and other experts who prepared the state’s Master Plan “know what needs to be done to protect and restore the coast, and 56 percent don’t believe the state has enough money “to do what needs to be done to protect and restore” the coast.
The poll also found that at least 59 percent of respondents favored using river diversions to build new land, while 22 percent were opposed and 20 percent either didn’t know or would not say.
Find the polling results here: http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2428565-louisiana-coastal-issues-poll-2015.html#document/p1