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TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira: Public Wants Environment Protected

In his latest ‘Public Opinion Snapshot,’ TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira reports that environmental protection retains strong public support, despite conservative hopes that it would become a fading concern, as a “conflicting priority to jobs and economic growth.” But it looks like conservatives’ “environment-wrecking agenda” will have to wait, as Teixeira explains:

…The public didn’t get the memo. In the recently released poll from Yale University’s and George Mason University’s climate change communication programs, 58 percent of poll respondents said that protecting the environment improves economic growth and creates new jobs. Just 17 percent thought environmental protection hurts growth and jobs, and 25 percent thought there was no effect.
In the same poll, when asked to choose directly which was more important–environmental protection or economic growth–the public decisively favored protecting the environment 62 percent to 38 percent when there is a conflict between the two goals.

The false choice between jobs and environmental protection is proving to be a tough sell for the GOP — and that’s very good news for President Obama, as well as Democrats.

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