NW Poll

Wildfire Smoke

Wednesday, August 14, 2019by  PEMCO Insurance

According to the 2019 PEMCO Insurance NW Poll, 59% of residents across Washington and Oregon say that in the past few years they’ve been bothered by smoke or poor air quality resulting from wildfires in other parts of the region. And nearly three out of four respondents (71%) think a decrease in air quality during peak wildfire season is a new reality that is here to stay. What do you think?

Some people say that the possibility of wildfires increases every year. Thinking about the past two to three years, how (if at all) have you been negatively impacted by wildfires?

TotalOR
1235600Total
5963I’ve been bothered by smoke or poor air quality resulting from wildfires
2226Wildfires have changed my vacation or outdoor recreational plans
2020I’ve not been able to have campfires or bonfires like I usually would
1414I’ve had to encourage others not to visit me or the city I live in because of smoke or poor air quality resulting from wildfires
1010Although not directly threatened, my home or property has been in the general neighborhood of a wildfire
65My home or property has been directly threatened by wildfire(s)
65I’ve had to physically get away from my home or city because of the threat of wildfires
54I’ve had to encourage others not to visit me or the city I live in because of the threat of wildfires
22Other
1917None—I’ve not been negatively impacted by wildfires
22Don’t know

Some people say they’ve noticed smoke, haziness or lower quality air when there are wildfires in the area, or even when there are wildfires in other regions that are hundreds of miles away. How, if at all, has your life been negatively impacted by poor air quality for wildfires?

TotalOR
1235600Total
5152My ability or interest in spending time outside has been negatively impacted (including doing outdoor sports or exercise)
4041The fresh air I can have in my home or the indoor air temperature has been negatively impacted because of the need to keep my windows shut
3840My ability or interest in going out to see scenic views or scenery has been negatively impacted
3640My health, ability to breathe and/or my general well-being has been negatively impacted
1314I’ve had to encourage others not to visit me because of the poor air quality resulting from wildfires
1616Nothing – poor air quality from wildfires hasn’t negatively impacted me
22Other
34Don’t know

To what extent do you believe that, during peak wildfire season, the decrease in the quality of air for hundreds of miles around is a new reality and here to stay?

TotalOR
1235600Total
3230Agree strongly
3939Agree somewhat
1720Neither agree nor disagree
56Disagree somewhat
23Disagree strongly
52Don’t know

In the future, how likely is it that wildfires or brush fires in the Northwest will have a direct impact on you?

TotalOR
1235600Total
2422Extremely likely
3033Very likely
2929Somewhat likely
1111Not too likely
32Not at all likely
33Don’t know

In the future, how likely is it that wildfires or brush fires in the Northwest will have a direct impact on you?

March 2015
WAOR
57Extremely likely
1218Very likely
2325Somewhat likely
4038Not too likely
1810Not at all likely
22Don’t know

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll
PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 600 respondents in Washington and 600 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.

About PEMCO Insurance
PEMCO Insurance is the Defender of Your Northwest, providing auto, home, renters and boat coverage. We are consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee expertise and social impact. Our Mutual Good programs raise the achievement levels for youth in education; build stronger, greener environments; and increase safety at home, on the road and at play. Our mission: Free our communities to worry less and live more.

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