CROSS VOTER SUPPORT FOR KOALA PROTECTION

With the NSW State Election only a few months away, a YouGov survey has revealed strong support across party lines for improved protection of Koalas. 89% of Labor and 78% of Coalition voters in NSW want Koala habitat in NSW protected. 

The clear message is that political parties need to have credible policies so that public and private bushland that are koala habitats are protected from development such as housing, mining, and logging.  This is the case whether you live in Sydney or regional areas.  We’ll be closely assessing the upcoming policies. 

Koala sitting in koala feed tree sydney basin

"When asked about the proposed Sydney Koala Greenbelt, 95% of Labor and 88% Coalition voters support it.  It’s obviously a massively popular plan.’’ 

"Koalas are now officially designated as "endangered’’ under state and federal threatened species laws.  The community knows this.  The community wants action, not soft policies that do not address the main cause – loss of habitat.  Koala survival is on a precipice and the next NSW government must stop their decline.’’

 

Koala Survey 2022

YouGov interviewed 1,008 NSW citizens aged 18+ online between 2nd - 9th November 2022. It is compliant with the Australian Polling Council Code and if publicly released, a methodology statement will be available within two days at https://au.yougov.com/results/apc.

Q2. Which of the following statements best reflects your view?

Labor

Coalition

Greens

Public and private bushland that are koala habitats should be protected from development (i.e. housing, mining, logging, etc.)

89%

78%

94%

Public and private bushland that are koala habitats should be used for economic activities such as urban development, housing, mining, and logging

7%

16%

2%

Don't know

4%

7%

4%


Q4. A koala green belt has been proposed for the edge of Sydney. This would involve protecting native forest and bushland for koala habitat, making it off-limits to development (i.e., for housing, logging, and mining). Do you support or oppose this initiative?

     

NET SUPPORT

95%

88%

96%

NET OPPOSE

2%

7%

3%

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