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Poll Results: Louisiana’s Next Governor Should Prioritize Coastal Restoration

October 13, 2015 8:00 AM

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 results of a new state-wide poll released on September 21st, 2015 by a coalition of environmental groups.

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, 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 Mississippi River Delta campaign partners include Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Environmental Defense Fund, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, and Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. 

See the results of the poll here:

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