April 24, 2018
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Poll: Mainers want strong environmental laws

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — A poll released as environmental laws come under attack in Augusta indicates Mainers want economic prosperity without rolling back environmental rules and regulations.

The Critical Insights survey says nine of 10 Maine voters believe protection of the environment should be a priority, with 53 percent deeming it a “high priority.”

The Natural Resources Council of Maine paid for the poll, which was released amid Republican efforts to weaken shoreland zoning and the state’s energy building code, and to eliminate state bottle deposits.

Executive Director Lisa Pohlman says Mainers young and old “believe that protection of Maine’s clean air, clean water, and natural heritage is a high priority.”

Critical Insights surveyed 402 people from March 21-24. The margin of error was 5 percentage points.

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