Shared- Attitudes of conservation in the west.

Here’s the release from the State of the Rockies Project (Colorado College): Western voters say protected public lands are critical to state economies, oppose Trump administration efforts to eliminate land, water, and wildlife protections Mountain West voters weighed in on the Trump administration’s priorities for managing the use and protection of public lands in a […]

via 8th Annual Conservation in the West Poll Finds Strong Support for Protecting Land and Water; Voters Reject National Monument Attacks — Coyote Gulch

5 responses to “Shared- Attitudes of conservation in the west.

  1. 400 registered voters per state? Are you kidding me? Wildlife protection in WY, MT, ID, UT? Wolves, cougars, coyotes? Not in my backyard. I vaguely remember the polls for the last presidential election…
    I am not sure how the statisticians come up with a margin of error below 5% in this case, but I find these numbers unbelievable.

    • …I’m not really sure I follow. Four hundred is a pretty reasonable sample size per state. When 90% of respondents view national monuments as an opportunity to protect wild places for future generations, whether that value is within a 5% margin of error isn’t really a rational criticism. Whether the true value is 90% or 80% or 70%, the take-home message is an overwhelming number of westerners value public lands.

      • Trump did not reduce the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase against the will of an overwhelming majority. The majority does not care. City folks tend to be more in favor of public lands than rural populations (not in my backyard).
        Sorry for my previous, cryptic rant. I should not write after midnight…
        I still do not believe this poll is representative.

      • The urban-rural breakdown can be accessed through the Colorado College website. It’s unlikely small-town and rural voters were underrepresented, as they make up 52% of all respondents. In states like Wyoming and Montana more than 75% of respondents were from rural backgrounds, and we still see broad support for conservation and protection of federal lands. And when it comes to the Utah federal monuments specifically- 60% of rural westerns thought reducing them was bad policy.

        One of the biggest criticisms of western public land policy is it doesn’t account for the opinions of rural residents. Ignoring results like these means committing precisely the same sin.

        If the feelings of rural western residents is important then we should listen to what they’re saying, irrespective of our own personal biases.

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