New Poll Confirms Overwhelming Support For Marine Reserves (12/07/2012)

GreatBarrierReef-EO.jpgA report from Essential Media from the week ending June 27 has confirmed overwhelming support in the Australian community for the Labor Government's recently announced Federal marine reserves.

With a sample size of 1000, the poll has shown a total of 70% support for the marine reserves, with just 8% of Labor voters disapproving.
  
Q: The Federal Government recently announced plans to protect large areas of Australia's marine enviment in a network of marine reserves. Do you approve of these plans? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

70%

79%

62%

89%

Total disapprove

13%

8%

22%

1%

Strongly approve

35%

45%

23%

64%

Approve

35%

34%

39%

25%

Disapprove

9%

6%

15%

1%

Strongly disapprove

4%

2%

7%

-

Don’t know

16%

13%

16%

10%

The Labor Party has a long tradition of delivering key iconic environmental wins for Australia. Whether it's been saving the Franklin River, the Daintree Rainforest or Shelburne Bay, or protecting Ningaloo Reef, Fraser Island or Kakadu, Labor in the past has got it right and today these great natural areas stand for all time and help us define ourselves as Australians.
 
Today, just like national parks on land, marine sanctuaries are an accepted and mainstream part of the national agenda to address the unprecedented challenges facing our natural environment.
 
Environment Minister Tony Burke's announcement of the world's largest network of marine reserves ranks among the great iconic Labor achievements in recent decades. As reflected in these polling results, this is an extremely popular decision which will serve to protect our great Australian coastal lifestyle, and our unique marine life, into the future.

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