Legislators invite presentation of poll showing Clean Air and Water Tops List of Virginia
Virginia voters are very concerned about the protection of clean
air and clean water, and they rate this issue as a top concern,
says a new poll released by the League of Conservation Voters Education
Fund (LCVEF) today at a legislative retreat. A solid majority of
Virginia voters feel that there is no need to choose between a clean
environment and a strong economy.
The Tarrance Group poll of 600 registered likely?) voters in Virginia
indicates a commitment to environmental issues across the state.
The poll was conducted from May 6 to 8, 2001 for the League of Conservation
Voters Education Fund.
"This poll shows that voters are deeply concerned about protecting
clean air and clean water. And eighty-seven percent of voters consider
these issues to be an important factor in making their voting decision,"
said Helen Tansey-Lang, Virginia State Director of the Virginia
League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. "Elected leaders
should stand up and take notice that these issues matter to voters
on a very fundamental level," she continued.
Highlights of the poll include:
o Voters in the state rated clean air and water as a top tier issue,
on par with taxes and Medicare and Social Security.
o When asked how important are issues involving the environment
in making a voting decision, 87 percent of voters said the issue
was important, 37 percent very important and 50 percent somewhat
o 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, Virginia voters chose Candidate A, 61 percent to 26
percent over Candidate B.
o When asked what conservation or environmental concerns voters
worried about the most, 30 percent said water quality is their greatest
worry. Air quality followed with 16 percent.
o 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,
48 percent of voters would rather see a clean environment than a
strong economy (39 percent).
o Seventy-eight percent of Virginia voters want either tougher
enforcement of existing environmental laws or feel stronger laws
should be enacted.
o Forty-nine percent of Virginia voters say that they are "extremely
concerned" or "very concerned" about traffic congestion.
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oA large majority (80 percent) of Virginia voters are willing to
pay for conservation measures to protect Virginia's water supply
from contamination, as compared to 14 percent, who would oppose
Methodology: The telephone survey of 600 registered voters throughout
the state of Virginia was commissioned by LCVEF and conducted by
The Tarrance Group, Inc. The survey was conducted May 6 to 8, 2001.
A random sample of this type is likely to yield a margin of error
of +/- 4.1 percent.
here to read the PDF version of the League of Conservation
Voters education Fund Virginia State poll summary.