27 November 2018

North Coast residents want strong laws to end deforestation, new polling shows                                                                                        

More than 70% of people in the state electorates of Tweed, Lismore and Ballina support stronger laws to end deforestation, new polling commissioned by the NSW Nature Conservation Council and the Wilderness Society shows.

And almost 67% of those polled said the NSW Government was doing too little to save koalas from deforestation and habitat loss, and almost 57% said they were more likely to vote for a party that was committed to ending the state’s deforestation crisis.

Respected polling firm Ucomms (ReachTEL) conducted an automated telephone-based survey of 1,981 residents across the state electorates of Lismore, Ballina and Tweed during the night of November 1.

The polling occurred shortly before the groups launched a hard-hitting multi-media advertising campaign on the NSW North Coast to alert people to how deforestation is driving koalas towards extinction and the urgent need for change.

NCC CEO Kate Smolski said: “We wanted to see what level of awareness there was in the community and the results speak for themselves, 71% of people want stronger laws to end deforestation.

“These results confirm that people absolutely love koalas and they understand that deforestation is driving them towards extinction. It also shows people expect the NSW Government to do everything it can to ensure koalas can thrive in our forests for generations to come.”

Wilderness Society National Director Lyndon Schneiders said: “Koala numbers are plummeting in NSW.

“A third of the koala population has been wiped out in NSW in just 20 years, and their numbers are continuing to decline in most parts of the state.

“Two drivers of the decline in numbers are deforestation and logging. It’s time we stopped clearing and logging koala habitat immediately rather than applying Band-Aid solutions.

“Deforestation rates have escalated in NSW, and Eastern Australia is now a global deforestation hotspot. We need new and powerful laws that work to turn this around.”

KEY FINDINGS

  • 71% of people support stronger laws to end deforestation (Q4)
  • 9% of people think the NSW Government is doing too little to save koalas from deforestation and habitat loss (Q3)
  • 6% of people are more likely to vote for a party that commits to ending deforestation (Q5)

Ucomms (ReachTEL) Poll

November 1, 2018

Support for strong deforestation laws to protect koalas

BACKGROUND

Ucomms (ReachTEL) conducted a survey of 1,981 residents across the state electorates of Lismore, Ballina and Tweed during the night of 1 November 2018.

KEY FINDINGS

Deforestation

  • 71% of voters support stronger laws to end deforestation (Q4)
  • 9% of voters think the NSW Government is doing too little to save koalas from deforestation and habitat loss (Q3)

Voting intentions

  • 6% of voters are more likely to vote for a party that commits to ending deforestation (Q5)
  • The Nationals look likely to lose Tweed (ALP 55% to NAT 45%). Lismore is too close to call (GRN 52% to NAT 48%). The Greens are likely to retain Ballina (ALP 55% to NAT 45%) (Q1)

 

ABOUT THE SURVEY

The survey was conducted using an automated telephone-based survey of voters:

 

Electorate

# surveyed

Lismore

693

Ballina

681

Tweed

607

Total

1,981

 

SUMMARY OF RESULTS

 

Question 1: Voting intention

Primary

Lismore

Ballina

Tweed

Nationals

33.1%

30.1%

31.6%

The Greens

21.0%

27.0%

16.9%

Labor

28.1%

26.0%

36.5%

Shooters, Fishers & Farmers

3.3%

3.4%

1.3%

Other / Independent

7.9%

8.2%

7.8%

Undecided

6.5%

5.3%

5.9%

Two party preferred

Lismore

Ballina

Tweed

 

Nationals 48%

The Greens 52%

Nationals 45%

The Greens 55%

Nationals 45%

Labor 55%

 


Question 2: Of the following which do you believe is the number-one threat to Koala populations in NSW?

 

Lismore

Ballina

Tweed

Average

Habitat loss from deforestation

57.9%

62.8%

65.0%

61.9%

Disease

21.3%

16.4%

16.7%

18.1%

Hit by motor vehicle

8.6%

8.5%

5.2%

7.4%

Unsure / Don’t know

12.1%

12.2%

13.1%

12.5%

 

 

Question 3: Deforestation and habitat loss is the leading cause of koala population decline. Given that information, do you think the NSW Government is doing too much, too little or about the right amount to save Koalas from deforestation and habitat loss?

 

Lismore

Ballina

Tweed

Average

Too Much

4.6%

9.0%

4.2%

5.9%

Too little

68.0%

65.8%

67.0%

66.9%

About the right amount

27.4%

25.3%

28.8%

27.2%

 

 

Question 4: Koalas are on track to become extinct in parts of NSW by 2050, and deforestation and habitat loss is the leading cause. Given that information, do you support or oppose stronger laws to end deforestation?

 

Lismore

Ballina

Tweed

Average

Strongly Support

51.9%

58.9%

53.4%

54.7%

Support

20.5%

12.0%

18.6%

17.0%

Neutral

18.0%

14.2%

18.6%

16.9%

Oppose

5.2%

7.5%

4.2%

5.6%

Strongly Oppose

2.4%

4.4%

2.3%

3.0%

Unsure / Don’t know

2.0%

2.9%

2.9%

2.6%

 

 

Question 5: Would you be more or less likely to vote for a political party that commits to ending deforestation?

 

Lismore

Ballina

Tweed

Average

More Likely

52.9%

57.8%

56.2%

55.6%

Less Likely

11.7%

13.3%

9.8%

11.6%

Vote Unchanged

35.4%

28.9%

34.0%

32.8%

 

 

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