Polls puts emphasis on coast

by Jeremy Alford, LaPolitics


Moving the state’s 50-year coastal master plan forward will be a central task for the next governor and 94 percent of voters believe that commitment is key for receiving their support.

Sponsored by the National Audubon Society and conducted by the Baton Rouge-based Southern Media and Opinion Research, the 900-sample poll was taken between July 27 and July 30.

Around 90 percent of those polled said they wanted the next governor to ensure funds currently dedicated to coastal restoration are not spent on anything else. Another 87 percent said they wanted the next governor to work to identify and secure additional funding for future projects as well.

The poll also found the following:

— 85 percent believe restoration of coastal Louisiana should be a high priority for the new governor

— 95 percent want the new governor to commit to move quickly and get started building coastal restoration projects

— 78 percent believe protecting and restoring coastal Louisiana is as important as other issues facing the state

— 97 percent say Louisiana’s coastal areas and wetlands are important to them personally

— 66 percent indicate support for river diversions to build new land in Louisiana