for protection of clean air and water reaches across all Pennsylvania
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
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
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 (39 percent).
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.
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Version of the Pennsylvania poll
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