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HOW WASHINGTONIANS FEEL ABOUT CLEAN WATER AND POLLUTION FROM LIVESTOCK AND AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES

 

In October, 1996, Evans/McDonough Co. Inc, conducted an independent survey of 500 registered Washington voters. The following is a sample of the questions asked and responses received. All responses are +/- 4.4%.


Natural vegetation buffers adjacent to streams, that reduce water pollution and damage to fish habitat, should be required on all agricultural lands.

Yes 62% No 25% Undecided 13%

The ballot measure would require ranchers to construct fences on their property to keep livestock out of streams. It costs up to $2,000 per mile to build a fence and, in some cases, ranchers may not be able to pay for fencing which wold possibly force some ranchers out of business. Do you think taxpayers should share the cost of constructing fences, or should it be the ranchers responsibility alone?

Share 37% Ranchers alone 37% Other 9%

The state and federal government should impose more regulations along streams to protect water quality.

Yes 60% No 30% Undecided 11%

Livestock should be allowed in streams.

Yes 30% No 57% Undecided 13%

Livestock grazing along streams causes water pollution.

Yes 58% No 29% Undecided 13%

Agricultural practices that remove natural vegetation on lands adjacent to streams cause water pollution and damage to fish habitat.

Yes 51% No 22% Undecided 17%

Do you feel it’s more important to protect streams on private land or public land, or should they be equally protected?

Private 4% Public 22% Equal 62% Undecided 7%

SUMMARY

  • Women and men support the initiative equally.
  • Older voters are more likely to be undecided on initial vote.
  • Northern and Eastern Washington voters are the least supportive.
  • Younger women are the most supportive and least undecided. Older women are the least supportive and most undecided.
  • With majorities ranging from 57% to 62 percent, voters agree with the stream protection positions that form the foundation of the initiative.
  • A strong majority of voters feel that it is important to protect streams on both public and private land.

 

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