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EarthFix Coal Survey _Part 1

EarthFix Coal Survey _Part 1

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Survey Collaborators
The EarthFix survey collaboration includes local public radio stations in Idaho, Oregon andWashington, and DHM Research.
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Referencing DHM Research
All website and on-air references as: Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall or DHM Research. DHMResearch is an independent and non-partisan public opinion research and consultation firmbased in Portland, Oregon.
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Research Methodology
 
This quantitative research involved a statewide online survey of the Northwest’s generalpopulation, age 18+ conducted between June 14 and June 17, 2013. The sample size was483. Demographic quotas were set my age, gender, level of education, state, and areawithin state, to ensure a representative sample.
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Statement of Limitations
 
Any sampling of opinions or attitudes is subject to a margin of error, which represents thedifference between a sample of a given population and the total population (here, residentsin the Northwest). For a sample size of 483, if the respondents answered 90% one way and10% the other, the margin would be +/- 2.7%. If they answered a particular question in theproportion of 50% each way the margin of error would be +/-4.5%.
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 In gathering responses, DHM Research employed a variety of quality control measures,including questionnaire pre-testing and monitoring interviews.
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EarthFix Coal SurveyJune 14-17, 2013; N=483Ages 18+ using an online panel of residents10 Minutes; Margin of error +/- 4.5%DHM ResearchINITIAL TEST
As you may be aware, there are at least three proposals to export coal to Asia from ports inOregon and Washington. The proposed transport facilities would be located in Cherry Point,Washington; Longview, Washington; and Boardman, Oregon. The coal would come frommines in the Power River Basin of Montana and Wyoming and be transported through thePacific Northwest by rail and barge.1.
 
Do you support or oppose transporting coal through the Pacific Northwest andexporting it to other countries from ports in Oregon and Washington?
Response CategoryJune ‘13N=483July ‘12N=600
Strongly support 14%16%Somewhat support 27%39%Somewhat oppose 18%16%Strongly oppose 18%11%Don’t know 23%17%2.
 
Why do you transporting coal through the Pacific Northwest and exporting it toother countries from ports in Oregon and Washington?3.
 
In the last year has your opinion changed about transporting coal through thePacific Northwest and exporting to other countries from ports in Oregon andWashington?
Response CategoryTotalN=483
I have become more supportive9%I have become more opposed11%I have become more uncertain4%I haven’t changed my mind57%Don’t know19%4.
 
Whether you support or oppose transporting coal through the Pacific Northwest,how important is the issue to you personally?
Response CategoryTotalN=483
Very important11%Somewhat important37%Not too important31%Not at all important13%Don’t know 8%
 
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How closely have you been following the issue of coal transport through the PacificNorthwest?
Response CategoryTotalN=483
Very closely5%Somewhat closely30%Not too closely34%Not at all29%Don’t know 2%
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY
Before approving construction of new coal transport facilities, they are required to bereviewed for their impact on human health and the environment. There is debate amongsupporters and opponents of coal transport about what those reviews should include. Pleaseindicate if you would support or oppose the following levels of review.
RandomizeResponse Category
StronglysupportSomewhatsupportSomewhatOpposeStronglyOpposeDon’tknow
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Review the environmental impact only on the communities where the transport facilities arelocatedTotal, N=483 20% 39% 20% 11% 10%7.
 
Review the cumulative environmental impact of all the communities where the transportfacilities are located, and along the rail and shipping corridors that transport the coalthrough the Pacific NorthwestTotal, N=483 44% 32% 8% 6% 10%8.
 
Review the cumulative environmental impact on the entire Pacific Northwest regionTotal, N=483 39% 35% 11% 6% 9%9.
 
Review the cumulative environmental impact on the entire globe, including the effect of climate changeTotal, N=483 26% 30% 19% 14% 12%
POST-TEST
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Which of these is your most preferred review option for approving coal transportfacilities? 
Response CategoryTotalN=483
Review the environmental impact only on thecommunities where the transport facilities arelocated14%Review the cumulative environmental impact of all the communities where the transportfacilities are located, and along the rail andshipping corridors that transport the coal40%

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