Colorado College poll finds voters back land protection 

  • Mason Cummings, The Wilderness Society

The ninth annual Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West Poll (bit.ly/2t5zzy4StateOfTheRockies) shows Colorado voters embrace protection and accessibility of public lands and strongly disapprove of President Donald Trump's agenda (including removing national monument protections, removing Clean Water Act safeguards for streams and wetlands and permitting increased oil and gas production on 80 percent of Western states' "critical habitat" for the threatened sage grouse).

The poll surveyed voters in Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

"An overwhelming majority — 90 percent — believe the outdoor economy is important to the future of the state," a CC release stated.

Gov. Jared Polis says the poll shows: "Coloradans are adamant about protecting our natural spaces, reversing the harmful effects of climate change, and moving to a future of clean, affordable renewable energy."

The conservation poll has consistently reported bipartisan support for protecting public lands.

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