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Poll: 4 in 5 Americans Support Conservation

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Poll: 4 in 5 Americans Support Conservation

By Bob Bendick / The Nature Conservancy

This July, as we celebrate the anniversary of the founding of our nation, much of the talk here in Washington continues to be (are we tired of this yet?) about how divided our country is. But a just-completed public opinion poll done for The Nature Conservancy by a bi-partisan consulting team reveals that the overwhelming majority of Americans from all political perspectives still believe in conserving our natural resources and that they consider conservation patriotic.

Patriotic? That’s right. More than four in five American voters say that “conserving our country’s natural resources — our land, air, and water — is patriotic.”

Other results in the poll confirm the finding that Americans still care deeply about our country’s natural resources:

  • Three-quarters of the electorate believes that public lands are one of the things government “does best.”
  • In fact, public lands such as some of the iconic national parks, are far preferred in Americans’ summer vacation plans.
  • Three-quarters say that even with federal budget problems, funding for conservation should not be cut.
  • Voters are willing to put their money where their mouth is. Fully 83 percent are willing to pay additional taxes to protect American land, water and wildlife.
  • Underlying some of this support and willingness to pay may be a sense that there are economic benefits to conservation. Voters are twice as likely to say that protections for land, air, water and wildlife have a positive impact on jobs (41 percent), than a negative impact (17 percent), or little impact one way or the other (33 percent). Underlying some of this support and willingness to pay may be a sense that there are economic benefits to conservation.
  • The overwhelming majority of American voters rejects the notion that protecting our environment is at odds with a strong economy.
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7:23AM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

So, now 4 out of 5 Americans just have to act like they say...

3:51AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

That's great news, 4 out of 5 Americans now supporting conservation! I'm really pleased!

3:34PM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

Conservation is a must. We may already be too late in some instances.

4:05PM PST on Feb 19, 2014

thank you

11:15PM PST on Jan 21, 2014

This is actually a fantastic blogs! More of these details are superb -it is nice to see one that current.
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7:54AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

Seems people believe in conservation, but not many are doing anything about it, and as for governments (especially here in Canada, the environment has been downgraded and now all they want is more pipelines, and rail tankers to ship oil).

10:22AM PDT on May 30, 2013

If this is the case, why do a minority of people prevent action?

8:06PM PST on Feb 17, 2013

so let see some action enough talk

1:17AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

Consevation is a must for sustained living so why are the goverments the last to get on board!!

4:52AM PST on Nov 21, 2012

It is so overdue.

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