Poll: People think environmental groups extreme

Below is part of a press release from Moore Information from lastmonth. Very revealing information. Cmplete press release at this link.

Results of our recent national voter survey show a solid majority of American voters are of the opinion that environmental groups are too extreme. Specifically, 60% of voters nationwide agree with the statement; “While protecting the environment is important, environmental groups usually push for solutions which are too extreme for me.” Just 31% disagree with this, and 9% have no opinion. Sentiment was statistically identical in a Moore Information nationwide voter survey conducted in November 2003, when 61% agreed and 33% disagreed environmental groups were too extreme.

As would be expected, there are major partisan differences in opinion on this issue. While Republicans widely agree environmental groups are usually too extreme (81% agree), we also find a majority of Independents sharing this sentiment (57% agree/28% disagree).

There is a further split among Democrats —a plurality of Democrat men say environmental groups are too extreme, while Democrat women disagree in plurality numbers. Similarly, the majority of self-described Conservatives and Moderates believe environmental groups are too extreme, but Liberal voters for the most part, do not share this view.

Regionally, there is majority agreement throughout the country that environmental groups are usually too extreme; however, voters in the Pacific (CA, OR, WA, HI and AK), Northeast and North Central region are less likely to share this sentiment than voters elsewhere in the country. The belief that environmentalists go too far is highest among voters in the South and Mountain and Plains states.

Jobs Vs. The Environment

While voters are not particularly impressed with environmental groups, they are concerned about the environment. In fact, today a plurality of voters are more concerned about protecting the environment (49%) than protecting jobs (40%). This represents a shift in sentiment in the past two years — our 2005 national survey found the majority of voters landing on the jobs side of this issue (54% jobs, 30% environment).

Traditionally, the momentum on this particular debate is largely driven by the economy — in times of economic prosperity, concern about the environment tends to increase because people are less concerned about the pocket book and more likely to focus on other issues. Conversely, when the economy is poor, issues like the environment tend to take a backseat. This would explain the shift that has taken place with regard to the public’s sympathy for the environment today, versus two years ago, when the economic outlook was less than ideal…”

Full study here, complete with charts

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  • Jerry

    For the environmental extremists, their fervor is like a religion to them. They are often blinded by their faith. Anything overdone or overstated loses its meaning and impact. Most are fools. Some actually care. Almost none do anything meaningful in their lives that actually makes a difference.
    Sad.
    Very sad indeed.

  • CRAWDUDE

    PETA, Green Peace or ELF extreme? You’re kidding!

    Half reason M37 passed was due to the environmental extremism perpetrated by the state government which are in the pockets of evironmental extremists!

    The driving force behind the attempted “fixing”of M37 are environmental extremists! Yes, I’d catagorize environmentalist groups as extreme, sue happy hacks using the environment as an excuse to advance their socialist ideas, sure.

    • Captain_Anon

      you know, the land use protections that are in oregon, were broad based and approved on my the majority of the state. Protections to forest and farm lands originated in those communities. Farmers and loggers wanted protections to thier lands, and didn’t want suburban sprawl to encroach to where they did their farm and forest practices. so, it’s incorrect to say that extreme environmentalists perpetuated the land use planning system we have.

      As far as the poll goes, i personally feel environmental groups are very extreme and get too much credibility in society.

  • Bill Sizemore

    More freedoms have been and will be lost under the guise of “saving the environment and protecting our air, water, and wildlife” than for any other reason. For several reasons, city voters are far more vulnerable to this message than rural folks and elect politicians who have no respect for private property rights.

    Evironmental extremists number one goal is not to save the whales or the spotted owl or even the trees, but to abolish the very concept of private property ownership. Calling themselves “green” merely camoflages their true goals.

    • Captain_Anon

      Bill, you have a very tainted view. environmentalists as a whole are not out to abolish property rights. they do however believe very passionately about trees and animals and water and whatever else. jerry is right, thier fervor is like a religion to them. and we know how blind faith and following can work. The only group out there that i know of that actuallyl DOES want to abolish property rights is the group that thinks humans are the #1 threat to earth and that in the long term, we should be extinct. but i can’t recall what they call themselves. but they are at the top of the extremists

      • Steve Plunk

        Captain,

        I respectfully disagree. I believe most environmentalists are at heart socialist in nature and, of course, socialist want to do away with the concept of private property. In practice eco-nuts show little repsect for private property rights and even the more respectable progressives desire regulations that impact property rights with little concern for the owners. Wetland regulations are a good example.

        History had shown us that private property owners are the best stewards of the environment since they have an ownership interest. The theory of the commons illustrates this concept as well. It is those who want nothing more than to tell others what to do that make up most of the environmental movement. The do as I say crowd is a plague upon us.

  • Sassy

    I think enviromental and other groups become extreme when they resort to terrorist activity to get thier way.

    Captain_Anon … I think you are describing the aliens in the movie “Independence Day.”

    • Captain_Anon

      Sassy, i wish that was the case. but there is a small group out there that believes that!!

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