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Public Opinion Surveys & Polls

2001 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife Associated Recreation

The 2001 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation is a partnership effort with the States and national conservation organizations, and has become one of the most important sources of information on fish and wildlife recreation in the United States. It is a useful tool that quantifies the economic impact of wildlife-based recreation.
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2004 American Community Survey

A National Survey on Communities, this report is broken down into three sections - (1) The Dream: American's preferences for different types of development and aspects of community, (2) The Reality: The public's level of satisfaction with the choices they have currently, and (3) Policies - getting from dream to reality: The public's support for specific policies to address the issues of how we live and where and how to develop.
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2014 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report

2014
Organizations/Sources: Outdoor Foundation
During January and February of 2013 a total of 19,240 online interviews were carried out with a nationwide sample of individuals and households from the US Online Panel of over one million people operated by Synovate/IPSOS. A total of 7,528 individual and 11,712 household surveys were completed.
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American Voters View Conservation as a Smart Investment with Many Benefits

2013
American voters’ broad support for conservation generally extends to specific policy decisions, such as funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund. All of these views – including support for LWCF –extend across party lines, across the nation, and with all key demographic sub-groups.
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Climate Action and Clean Energy in Pennsylvania

2015
Organizations/Sources: Public Opinion Strategies
A 2015 statewide survey, conducted after the EPA announced its Clean Power Plan, finds that 82% of Pennsylvania voters, including majorities across party lines, favor state-based action to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in compliance with the EPA’s new restrictions on coal-fired power plant emissions. Pennsylvanians are especially enthusiastic about energy efficiency and wind and solar power, which they believe create jobs, clean the air, and increase energy independence.
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Conservation in the West Poll-Montana

2017
Organizations/Sources: The Colorado College and Public Opinion Strategies
Though Montana is one of the most politically conservative states, a majority of residents identify as conservationists.
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Conservation in the West Poll, Wyoming

2012
Organizations/Sources: The Colorado College
A survey of Wyoming voters regarding conservation demonstrates a strong conservation ethic and support for continuing to fund conservation and maintain protections. Like their fellow Westerners, Wyoming voters overwhelmingly identify as conservationists (71%) – a label that bridges partisan lines, as well as many other factors in the state. Wyoming voters prioritize conservation goals throughout the survey, in regard to energy, regulation, and public lands.
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Fall 2016 Penn State Conservation Poll

2016
Traces Pennsylvanians' opinions on the importance of various conservation efforts, including water protection, farmland preservation, developing trails and recreation areas, habitat protection, and historic preservation.
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Jul 17, 2017
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How Pennsylvanians View Government Funding of Conservation: An Overview of Polling and Voting Results

2017
Authors: Nate Lotze and Andrew M. Loza
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
An overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians—regardless of party or region—value open space and state investments in conservation. (Print version of CT guide)
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Key Findings from National Voter Survey on Conservation

2009
Authors: David Wetz and Lori Weigel
American voters are highly committed to conservation, and three out of four believe that we can protect land and water and have a strong economy at the same time. Even more strikingly, this survey shows that three in five voters support increased public investments in conservation at the state, local, or federal levels – and are willing to pay a small increase in taxes to support them. Together, the data provide ample evidence that American voters have a strong and undiminished desire to conserve the nation’s land, water, and wildlife.
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Lancaster County Farmland Preservation Poll

2016
Organizations/Sources: Lancaster Farmland Trust
Survey by Susquehanna Polling and Research shows that Lancaster County voters value farmland preservation and are willing to support paying more to ensure continued public funding to conserve agricultural land.
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National Consensus on the Endangered Species Act

2015
Organizations/Sources: Defenders of Wildlife
Poll shows that a vast majority of American voters support the Endangered Species Act and recognize the importance of safeguarding vulnerable wildlife.
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Jul 17, 2017
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National Poll Results: How Americans View Conservation

2017
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
Across the political spectrum, voters in the United Sates consistently demonstrate support for conservation. (Print version of CT Guide)
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Aug 01, 2017
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National Sportsmen's Survey

2017
Organizations/Sources: Public Opinion Strategies
National survey shows that most hunters and anglers, who often lean Republican, consider themselves conservationists. Large percentages care deeply about conserving land so that future generations can enjoy outdoor traditions, and oppose cuts to federal conservation funding.
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National Survey: American Voters View Conservation as Patriotic

2012
This survey shows at least one issue is widely supported by Americans across the political spectrum: the conservation of our nation’s land and water. And, the bipartisan team of pollsters note, from “Tea Party Republicans to liberal Democrats, more than four-in-five American voters say that conserving our country's natural resources—our land, air and water—is patriotic.”
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National Survey of Hunters and Anglers

2012
Authors: Bob Carpenter
Organizations/Sources: National Wildlife Federation
Voters who identify as hunters and/or anglers believe the federal government should make preserving fish and wildlife habitat and managing public lands for fishing, hunting, and other outdoor recreation a priority.
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New Hampshire Conservation Attitude Survey Highlights Report

2012
Authors: Chad Novak and Andrew Smith
The University of New Hampshire Survey Center, on behalf of The Nature Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land, conducted a survey about attitudes towards conservation funding and conservation issues in New Hampshire. The major findings of this survey include: New Hampshire voters almost unanimously support investing in land conservation efforts. More than three quarters of New Hampshire voters think the State of New Hampshire should spend public funds for land conservation.
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Pennsylvania Residents' Opinions on and Attitudes Toward Nongame Wildlife

2014
Survey shows that Pennsylvanians view habitat loss and urban sprawl as biggest threat to wildlife, and believe that conserving threatened and endangered species is an important function of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Fish and Boat Commission.
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Pennsylvania Survey of Hunters and Anglers Regarding Clean Water Act

2015
Most Pennsylvania voters who identify as hunters and/or anglers support applying the federal Clean Water Act to smaller headwater streams and wetlands, and view the Act as an important safeguard for water quality.
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Pennsylvania Voters' Opinion on Fracking in Parks

2014
Quinnipiac University poll shows that Pennsylvania voters generally support fracking, but not in state parks and forests.
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Polls Show Pennsylvanians Support Environmental Protection

2017
Authors: Nate Lotze
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
Polls show that Pennsylvanians are concerned about a range of environmental issues, from clean water and wildlife conservation to global warming and renewable energy. (Print version of CT guide)
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Protected Lands in Pike County Survey

2017
Organizations/Sources: Delaware Highlands Conservancy
Majorities of Pike County voters who answered this poll, regardless of political affiliation, believe that farmland preservation, protecting drinking water, and conserving open space are important. Because of the low response rate, the results are not statistically significant; however, they are encouraging, and fall in line with larger polls conducted on similar topics.
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Public Opinion on National Parks

2016
Organizations/Sources: Hart Research Associates
Nationwide survey among 1,024 registered voters that shows broad support for the National Park System across the political, ethnic, and regional spectrum. Traces voters' priorities for NPS, park usage, and views towards pro-park political candidates.
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Jun 29, 2017
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Social Media Update 2016

2016
Pew Research Center survey of social media user demographics tracks the percentage of Americans using various social media platforms, broken down by age, income, and education level.
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Nov 09, 2017
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Strong Bipartisan Support For National Parks

2012
Voters across the ideological spectrum see National Parks as a legitimate and important federal responsibility—nearly nine in 10 say it is extremely important (59%) or quite important (29%) for the federal government to protect and support National Parks. And even in these difficult fiscal circumstances, very few voters from either side of the political aisle say the federal government should be cutting back on funding for National Parks. Likewise, this same spirit of bipartisanship is exemplified by the large majority of voters who say that support for National Parks is an issue that can unite people across party lines.
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Summary of Key Findings from Pennsylvania Statewide Public Opinion Survey (2012)

2012
Organizations/Sources: Penn State Harrisburg
In 2012, the Center for Survey Research at Penn State Harrisburg completed a statewide survey of 608 Pennsylvanians to assess public support for increasing state funds to conserve and protect open space, clean water, natural areas, wildlife habitats, parks, historic sties, forests, and farms. The survey results showed overwhelming public support throughout the state and among all demographic groups for both continuing existing dedicated state funding for conservation as well as increasing state funding for land and water conservation, even if that meant a small increase in taxes.
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Summary of Key Findings from Pennsylvania Statewide Public Opinion Survey (2014)

2014
In 2014, the Center for Survey Research at Penn State Harrisburg completed a statewide survey of 606 Pennsylvanians to assess public support for increasing state funds to conserve and protect open space, clean water, natural areas, wildlife habitats, parks, historic sties, forests, and farms. The survey results showed overwhelming public support throughout the state and among all demographic groups for both continuing existing dedicated state funding for conservation as well as increasing state funding for land and water conservation, even if that meant a small increase in taxes.
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Summary of Key Findings from Pennsylvania Statewide Public Opinion Survey (2015)

2015
In 2015, the Center for Survey Research at Penn State Harrisburg completed a statewide survey of 601 Pennsylvanians to assess public support for increasing state funds to conserve and protect open space, clean water, natural areas, wildlife habitats, parks, historic sties, forests, and farms. The survey results showed overwhelming public support throughout the state and among all demographic groups for both continuing existing dedicated state funding for conservation as well as increasing state funding for land and water conservation, even if that meant a small increase in taxes.
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Survey of Maryland Voters on Program Open Space

2016
Organizations/Sources: Public Opinion Strategies
Shows that Maryland voters overwhelmingly support the state's land and water conservation program, and oppose dedicated conservation funding being diverted to unrelated programs.
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Survey Shows Voters Near Unanimous in Support for Conservation

2012
Organizations/Sources: New Hampshire Preservation Alliance
New Hampshire voters across the political spectrum overwhelmingly support conservation efforts in the state, believe the state should fund such efforts, and want fee revenues intended for the protection of open land and historic sites used only for those purposes.
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Yale Climate Opinion Maps

2017
Produced by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, these maps provide estimates of climate change beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy preferences across the United States. The estimates are derived from a statistical model using multilevel regression with post-stratification on a large national survey dataset (n>18,000), along with demographic and geographic population characteristics. Maps can be sorted by state, county, congressional district, and metro area.
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