Tarrance (1.10.11)

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Tarrance (1.10.11)

  1. 1. Politics of 2011: What the 2010 Election Can Tell Us About an Environmental Agenda
  2. 2. 2010 Survey Research Data
  3. 3. Do you feel things in the country are going in the right direction, or do you feel things have gotten off on the wrong track? Political Environment Measures
  4. 4. Political Environment Measures If the election for Congress were being held today, and you had to make a choice, would you be voting for the Republican candidate or the Democrat candidate in your Congressional district?
  5. 5. Would you say that you have more faith or less faith in government than you did two years ago? Political Environment Measures More Faith Less Faith Republicans 5% 92% Independents 21% 69% Democrats 63% 29%
  6. 6. Political Environment Measures Issue Handling
  7. 7. Political Environment Measures Name Identification Measures
  8. 8. 2010 Election Results Analysis
  9. 9. Major Gains for GOP US House – 63 seat GOP gain: 242 GOP 196 Democrats US Senate – 6 seat GOP gain: 53 Democrats 47 Republicans GOP wins in WI, IL, IN, PA, ND, AR
  10. 10. Environmental Issues in 2011 and Beyond
  11. 11. Environmental Issues in 2011 Economic issues were the dominant issue in the 2010 election. Voters were fearful about their jobs and their personal economic situation and they viewed all issues through these lenses. The fiscal conservative wing of the GOP is now as powerful as the social conservative wing.
  12. 12. Environmental Issues in 2011 Clean water clearly holds value as an important value for our society. However, for many voters, the case on any issue needs to be made that supporting this issue is good for their personal economic situation.

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