State of the rockies conservation in the west poll

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Results from recent Conservation in the West Polls from Colorado College's State of the Rockies project show strong support for protecting the environment.

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  • Narrative: In this presentation, we share findings from recent surveys of Western voters on environmental issues.
  • Narrative: In tandem with two polling companies, Colorado College conducted a survey of six western states – Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The results generally show strong support for environmental protection. Although we hear a lot about the environment versus the economy, nearly 80 percent of residents of these states said we can simultaneously protect land and water while maintaining a strong economy.Source: The 2011/12 Conservation in the West PollURL: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/2011/, http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/2012/Notes: Arizona was not polled in the 2011 survey. In 2012, the split in Arizona was 78%/19% for protection of land/water – which is nearly equal to the states polled in 2011. This question was not asked in the 2013 poll.
  • Narrative: Despite an economy that is still recovering from the Great Recession, the great majority of respondents said we do not have to decrease protections for the environment to create job growth. Source: The 2011/12 Conservation in the West PollURL: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/2011/, http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/2012/Notes: Arizona was not polled in the 2011 survey. In 2012, the split in Arizona was 74%/20% for maintaining protections – which is nearly equal to the states polled in 2011. This question was not asked in the 2013 poll.
  • Narrative: This question asked people about environmental regulations. About a third say they’re burdensome to business and cost jobs, but the majority of residents (56%) felt that these laws were important safeguards.Source: 2013 Conservation in the West State ReportsURL: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/statereports/Notes: Residents are told that “There are laws and rules that affect most products and aspects of our daily lives ‐ from our food, medicines, water, air, homes, financial system, and more.” before they are asked the above question.
  • Narrative: This graphic shows that residents of the six polled states overwhelmingly agree (“Total Agree” represented here) that our national parks, forests, monuments, and wildlife areas are an essential part of the economy. Source: 2013 Conservation in the West State ReportsURL: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/statereports/, Notes:
  • Narrative: When read a list of environmental issues, respondents were asked about the severity of each problem. This graphic shows the percent rating each problem as extremely, very, or somewhat serous. The numbers are fairly level over the past three years, but there is less concern about oil and gas drilling than other issues.Source: State of the Rockies Polls, 2011-2013URL: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/2011/, http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/2012/, http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/statereports/Notes: “Total Serious” includes Extremely Serious, Very Serious, Somewhat Serious
  • Narrative: Many of the questions in the past three years of polling have related to energy. This graphic shows opinion on the link between renewables and jobs. Most people think the industry will create more jobs in their state.Source: The 2011/12 Conservation in the West PollURL: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/2011/, http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/2012/, http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/08/in-the-rockies-growing-support-for-renewables/Notes: Arizona was not polled in the 2011 survey. This question was not asked in the 2013 poll.
  • Narrative: When asked which energy sources they’d like to encourage, solar and wind power come out on top and coal is at the bottom. Of the fossil fuels, Westerners favor natural gas, even rating it above energy efficiency efforts. Source: State of the Rockies Polls, 2012 - 13URL: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/2012/, http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/statereports/Notes: This question was not asked in 2011. Nuclear power was not a choice in 2012.
  • Narrative: There were similar results when asked about which energy sources they’d like to discourage. Coal, nuclear, and oil are least popular. More people want to discourage wind than natural gas or solar. And hardly anyone wants to discourage energy efficiency measures. Source: State of the Rockies Polls, 2012 - 13URL: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/2012/, http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/statereports/Notes: Notes: This question was not asked in 2011. Nuclear power was not a choice in 2012.
  • Narrative: Solar was the most widely supported energy source, but public opinion varies across the region. In Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico, majorities want to encourage solar, but support is lower in the other states and fell between 2012 and 2013 in Montana, Utah, and WyomingSource: The 2012/13 Conservation in the West PollURL: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/2012/,http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/statereports/Notes:
  • Narrative: When asked about encouraging coal as an energy source, Wyoming stands out. No surprise there: it’s the largest coal producing state in the country. There is also a large jump from 2012 to 2013 in Wyoming, Montana, and Utah, but a decrease in support between 2012 and 2013 in Colorado. The increasing support for coal in some states may be a reaction against increasing federal regulation of the fuel source.Source: The 2012/13 Conservation in the West PollURL: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/2012/,http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/statereports/Notes:
  • Narrative: Finally, let’s look at results for a question about whether EPA should require reductions in carbon emissions. A majority of Westerners support this idea, with slightly more in favor in 2012 than 2011.Source: The 2011/12 Conservation in the West PollURL: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/2011/, http://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewest/2012/Notes: Arizona was not polled in the 2011 survey. This question was not asked in the 2013 poll. This question varies slightly between 2011/12.
  • State of the rockies conservation in the west poll

    1. 1. Conservation in the West Poll 8/7/2013
    2. 2. 8/7/2013 2Source: State of the Rockies Project 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 2011 2012 Sometimes protections for land and water and a strong economy are in conflict and we must choose one over the other We can protect land and water and have a strong economy with good jobs at the same time, without having to choose one over the other Environment versus economy in the West Respondents were asked which most closely represented their point of view on the economy vs. protecting land and water.
    3. 3. As part of efforts to improve the state economy and generate jobs as quickly as possible, some people have proposed reducing protections on land, air and water that apply to major industries, including construction and agriculture. 8/7/2013 3 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 2011 2012 Maintain protections for land, air and water that apply to major industries Reduce protections for land, air and water that apply to major industries Environment versus jobs in the West Source: State of the Rockies Project
    4. 4. Laws that affect our daily lives 8/7/2013 4 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Total 2013 Burdensome regulations that tie up industry in red tape, hurt them too much financially, and cost jobs Important safeguards to protect private property owners, public health and taxpayers from toxic pollution and costly clean‐ups When you hear about the laws that govern industry's responsibility for clean water, clean air, natural areas and wildlife do you think those are more likely to be… Source: State of the Rockies Project
    5. 5. The importance of public land 8/7/2013 5 75% 80% 85% 90% 95% 100% Arizona Colorado Montana New Mexico Utah Wyoming 2013 Residents agree that our national parks, forests, monuments, and wildlife areas are an essential part of the economy. Source: State of the Rockies Project
    6. 6. 8/7/2013 6 Worry over environmental issues: the West 50% 55% 60% 65% 70% 75% 80% 85% 2011 2012 2013 Total Serious Loss of family farms and ranches Pollution of rivers, lakes and streams Air pollution and smog Inadequate water supplies Loss of habitat for fish and wildlife Cuts to funding for state parks, protection of our natural areas and water quality The impact of oil and gas drilling on our land, air and water When read a list of environmental issues some people say are problems in each state, respondents were asked about the severity of each problem. Source: State of the Rockies Project
    7. 7. Renewable energy and job creation in the West 8/7/2013 7 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 2011 2012 Will create new jobs in state Will not affect jobs in state Will cost jobs in state Which of the following comes closer to your point of view. Increasing the use of renewable energy sources like wind and solar power… Source: State of the Rockies Project
    8. 8. Interest in renewable energy in the West 8/7/2013 8 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 2012 2013 Solar Power Wind Power Natural Gas Energy Efficiency Efforts Oil Nuclear Coal Note: nuclear not a choice in 2012 Which one of the following sources of energy would you want to encourage the use of (combined choice by total)? Source: State of the Rockies Project
    9. 9. Energy preferences in the West 8/7/2013 9 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 2012 2013 Coal Nuclear Oil Wind Power Natural Gas Solar Power Energy Efficiency Efforts Note: nuclear not a choice in 2012 Which one of the following sources of energy would you want to discourage the use of (combined choice by total)? Source: State of the Rockies Project
    10. 10. Interest in renewables – solar power by state 8/7/2013 10 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 2012 2013 Arizona Colorado Montana New Mexico Utah Wyoming Source: State of the Rockies Project
    11. 11. Interest in renewables – coal power by state 8/7/2013 11 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 2012 2013 Arizona Colorado Montana New Mexico Utah Wyoming Source: State of the Rockies Project
    12. 12. Support for regulating carbon emissions 8/7/2013 12 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Strongly Support Somewhat Support Somewhat Oppose Strongly Oppose 2012 2011 Do you support or oppose the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requiring reductions in carbon emissions from sources like power plants, cars and factories in an effort to reduce global warming? Source: State of the Rockies Project
    13. 13. 8/7/2013 13 ecowest.org Download more slides and other resources Contact us by e-mailing mitch@ceaconsulting.com

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