for protection of clean air and water reaches across all
Pennsylvania voter groups
DC -- Clean air and water concerns are expected to be
a key factor in how Pennsylvania voters cast their ballot
in November. A poll released by the League of Conservation
Voters Education Fund (LCVEF) shows that Pennsylvania voters
are very concerned about the protection of clean air and
clean water, rating this issue on par with other key political
issue such as crime and drugs, education, health care, and
Medicare and Social Security. The poll found that voters
believe protecting clean air, water, and open space should
be top priorities for elected leaders. Eighty-nine percent
of voters said that the environmental actions of these leaders
figure strongly in voting decisions.
poll shows that Pennsylvania voters are deeply concerned
about protecting clean air, water and open space. Eighty-nine
percent of voters consider these issues to be important
in making their voting decision," said Ann Riley, Mid-Atlantic
Regional Director for LCVEF.
Garin-Hart-Yang poll of 801 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 May 6-11, 2000 for LCVEF.
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," said Phil Coleman, Executive Director for the
Pennsylvania Conservation Education League.
of the poll include:
Voters in the state rated clean air and water in the top
five concerns, following education, crime and drugs, health
care, Medicare and Social Security.
When asked how important are issues involving clean water,
clean air and open space in making a voting decision, 89
percent of voters said those issues were important, 43 percent
very important and 46 percent somewhat important.
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 believes
there are too many government regulations and supports efforts
to relieve the burden of regulation on business, 76 percent
of Pennsylvania voters chose Candidate A, over Candidate
B (15 percent).
When asked what conservation or environmental concerns voters
worried about the most, 45 percent said water quality is
their greatest worry. Air quality followed with 24 percent.
Seventy-three 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 (54 percent)
would rather see a clean environment than a strong economy
Eighty-three percent of Pennsylvania voters want either
tougher enforcement of environment laws or stronger laws.
Sixty-three percent of those voters polled believe that
coal needs to be replaced as a source of jobs and energy,
while 22 percent believe that coal is an important source
of jobs and energy.
Seventy-three percent of voters believe that
there should be strong limits on growth and development
to protect Pennsylvania's quality of life, as compared to
19 percent who believe that growth and development is inevitable
and the economic benefits offset problems that growth creates.
The telephone survey of 801 registered voters likely to
vote in the 2000 election was commissioned by LCVEF and
conducted by Garin Hart Yang. The survey was conducted May
6-11, 2000. A random sample of this type is likely to yield
a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent in 95 out of 100 cases.