Clean Air and Water tops list of Connecticut
HARTFORD - Connecticut voters are very concerned about the
protection of clean air and clean water, and they rate this
issue on par with crime and drugs, education, and health care,
says a new poll released by the League of Conservation Voters
Education Fund (LCVEF) today. The poll also found that voters
think protecting clean air, water, and open space should be
a top priority for elected leaders, and environmental actions
figure strongly in voting decisions.
The Mellman Group poll of 500 likely November 2000 voters indicates
a strong commitment to environmental protection by voters in
all parts of the state and across party lines. The poll was
conducted from June 19 to 22, 2000 for LCVEF.
"This poll shows that voters are deeply concerned about
protecting clean air, water and open space. Eighty-eight percent
of voters consider these issues to be important in making their
voting decision," said Lori Brown, Executive Director of
the Connecticut Conservation Voters Education Fund. "Elected
leaders should stand up and take notice that these issues matter
to voters on a very fundamental level. They will support candidates
who want to protect air, water, and open space," she continued.
Highlights of the poll include:
Voters in the state rated
clean air and water as the top concern, tied with crime and
drugs, and of more concern than education and health care.
When asked how important are
issues involving clean water, clean air and open space in making
a voting decision, 88 percent of voters said those issues were
important, 42 percent very important and 46 percent somewhat
When given a choice between
two candidates-Candidate A who believes we must protect the
environment, and supports strong laws and enforcement of those
laws and Candidate B who believes there are too many government
regulations and supports efforts to relieve the burden of regulation
on business, Connecticut voters chose Candidate A, 82 percent
to 13 percent over Candidate B.
When asked what conservation
or environmental concerns voters worried about the most, 26
percent said water quality is their greatest worry. Air quality
followed with 20 percent.
Seventy-eight percent of voters
in the state say there is no need to pick between the environment
and the economy. But if a choice had to be made between a strong
economy and a clean environment, a majority of voters (51 percent)
would rather see a clean environment than a strong economy (41
Eighty-five percent of Connecticut
voters want either tougher enforcement of environment laws or
Eighty-eight percent of those
voters polled believe that older coal and oil burning power
plants should be required to meet the current emissions standards
set by the Clean Air Act. Only 9 percent believe that they should
be allowed to continue to operate as they are.
Seventy-one percent of voters
would favor declaring Long Island Sound a reserve. This could
include protecting water quality, preserving natural shoreline,
creating underwater research areas and providing better public
believe that Connecticut's Environmental Policy and Protection
acts need to be strictly enforced to protect the environment.
Methodology: The telephone survey of 500 registered voters likely
to vote in the 2000 election was commissioned by LCVEF and conducted
by The Mellman Group. The survey was conducted June 19 to 22,
2000. A random sample of this type is likely to yield a margin
of error of +/- 4.4 percent in 95 out of 100 cases.