Poll: Mainers want strong environmental laws

Posted April 06, 2011, at 2:44 p.m.
Last modified April 07, 2011, at 10:17 a.m.

Today's poll

Do you think Maine's environmental regulations are too strong, just right or not strong enough?

Too strong
Just right
Not strong enough

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.