“Clean water tops wish list in Northwest as feds revise plan,” according to an article on Greenwire about a poll of 600 registered voters in counties in Washington, Oregon and California, commissioned by the Wilderness Society.
The results of the poll are here. As with most polls, the wording of the questions can have a strong influence on the responses. In this case, the questions seem framed to mirror the activities and outcomes desired by the Wilderness Society. For example, to this question:
“Let me read you some specific components of ways that have been suggested to revise the Northwest Forest Plan and get your reaction. For each, please tell me if you would favor or oppose that component.”
These are the components given to respondents:
Improve trails and campgrounds to enhance recreation opportunities.
Prioritize restoring forests to their natural conditions.
Limit logging and road building within 300 feet of rivers, lakes, and streams.
Limit logging and road building in old-growth forests.
Limit the use of clear cut logging operations.
Designate certain areas to be managed primarily for carbon storage, which will minimize impacts of climate change.
Restrict road building in areas where roads can interfere with the movement of wildlife.
What do you think? Is is a fair and balanced poll?