OC Survey Shows Strong Support for Saving the Fire Rings

SUMMARY – ORANGE COUNTY
“FIRE RINGS” PUBLIC OPINION POLL
July 2 – 9, 2013
OC Sample: 500, Newport Beach Sample: 250
Conducted by the Lewis Consulting Group, (714) 937-1005

QUESTIONS:

Here in Orange County, there is currently an attempt to remove the 60 Fire Rings that are located along the Newport Beach Coast. Based on What you know, do you believe these 60 fire rings should be removed?

Percent Cumulative %
1. Yes – Remove – Strongly favor 4.2
2. Yes – Somewhat – Somewhat favor 3.2 7.4
3. No – Keep – Somewhat favor 14.2
4. No – Keep – Strongly favor 74.8 89.0
5. No Opinion/Don’t Know 3.6 3.6
Total 100.0

 

Some homeowners who live hundreds of feet from the fire rings have complained about noise, traffic, and the smoke from the fire rings. Which of the following two arguments do you mostly agree with?

Percent Cumulative %
1. Homeowners are negatively impacted-remove the fire rings 9.6 9.6
2. It’s a trade-off to live on the ocean front 86.4 86.4
3. No Opinion/Don’t Know 4.0 4.0
Total 100.0

 

Do you agree or disagree with the opinions of the California Coastal Commission and the California Legislature in support of keeping the fire rings?

Percent Cumulative %
1. Agree- Strongly 75.6
2. Agree- Somewhat 18.4 94.0
3. Disagree – Somewhat 2.4
4. Disagree– Strongly 2.8 5.2
5. No Opinion/Don’t Know .8 .8
Total 100.0

 

The Newport Beach City Council, Responding to complaints of some beachfront homeowners, voted 7-0 to start the process of removing the fire rings. Do you agree or disagree with the action taken by the Newport Beach City Council? (Newport Beach residents only)

Percent Cumulative %
1. Agree- Strongly 8.0
2. Agree- Somewhat 5.6 13.6
3. Disagree – Somewhat 11.6
4. Disagree– Strongly 70.4 82.0
5. No Opinion/Don’t Know 4.4 4.4
Total 100.0

 

Does the Newport Beach City Council’s Vote on this issue make you more or less likely to vote for them when they seek re-election, or does this issue have no effect on who you will vote for in the next city council elections? (Newport Beach residents only)

Percent Cumulative %
1. Much More likely to vote for them 3.6
2. Somewhat More likely 2.0 5.6
3. Somewhat Less likely 8.4
4. Much Less Likely 28.0 36.4
5. Makes no difference 50.0 50.0
6. No Opinion/Don’t Know 8.0 8.0
Total 100.0

 

When thinking about the options the Air Quality Management District has, what do you believe they should do?

Percent Cumulative %
1. Outlaw all 600 fire rings 4.0 4.0
2. Only outlaw Newport Beach Fire Rings 9.6 9.6
3. Allow ALL Fire Rings to remain as they are now. 81.6 81.6
4. No Opinion/Don’t Know 4.8 4.8
Total 100.0

 

Some have suggested, as a compromise, that propane lines should be run to the rings and the firewood outlawed. Do you believe this is a fair compromise OR a silly and expensive idea?

Percent Cumulative %
1. Fair Compromise 7.8 7.8
2. Silly and Expensive idea 80.4 80.4
3. Unsure/Need more info 12.0 12.0
Total 100.0

 

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