New Poll Shows Louisianans’ Overwhelming Bipartisan Support for Coastal RestorationNew Poll Shows Louisianans’ Overwhelming Bipartisan Support for Coastal Restoration
There is widespread, bipartisan support for action to address Louisiana's coastal land loss crisis, according to a new poll released by BDPC, LLC + Pinsonat and Restore the Mississippi River Delta in September.
79 percent of coastal voters said they support sediment diversions which would build and maintain thousands of acres of land over time. Only five percent of those voters oppose. An overwhelming 97 percent of Louisiana coastal voters say that the state should still work to maintain as much coastal land as possible even if the coast cannot be restored to its previous footprint.
While most coastal voters support sediment diversions, that number increases to 92 percent when voters are asked if they would support sediment diversions knowing these projects would create a wetland buffer, protecting homes from storm surge and hurricanes.
Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is currently advancing the Mid-Barataria and Mid-Breton sediment diversions, two cornerstone Coastal Master Plan projects on either side of the river in Plaquemines Parish. Without action, Barataria Basin alone could lose 500 square miles of land over the next 50 years.
“People in Louisiana know that using the power of the Mississippi River through diversions is imperative to create a sustainable coast,” said CRCL Executive Director Kim Reyher. “The river built the lands we call home and if we let it, will help to rebuild parts of the coast we’ve lost.”
The poll also pointed out support for investing in coastal restoration, protecting funds committed to the restoration and allocating additional resources to address the state’s land loss problem. 91 percent of respondents indicated that they want state government to ensure current dedicated funds are spent on coastal restoration and protection, and 77 percent of Louisiana coastal voters think there isn’t enough money being spent on coastal protection efforts.
“This poll confirms that the people of Louisiana recognize the urgency of our coastal crisis and acknowledge what needs to be done to protect our coast. Coastal residents realize that this issue will directly impact them in the near future, which is why the majority of the state believes coastal restoration must be implemented – even if that means securing additional funding,” said Steve Cochran, Restore the Mississippi Delta Campaign Director.
BDPC, LLC + Pinsonat conducted the poll for the National Audubon Society on behalf of Restore the Mississippi River Delta to determine the familiarity, interest, and support for major issues facing coastal Louisiana. Interviews for this poll were completed by trained live operators over the phone with 809 likely Louisiana coastal voters from August 29 through September 5, 2018. Results were analyzed to ensure consistency in responses. The overall sample error for the statewide statistics is not greater than plus or minus 3.0 percentage points at the 95 percent level of confidence.