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New Poll Shows Strong Support for the Endangered Species Act in Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 29, 2015

Defenders of Wildlife: Melanie Gade – (202) 772-0288; mgade@defenders.org

Earthjustice: Maggie Caldwell – (415) 217-2084; mcaldwell@earthjustice.org

 

New Poll Shows Strong Support for the Endangered Species Act in Missouri

ST. LOUIS – A strong majority of Missouri residents support the Endangered Species Act and believe that decisions about which imperiled species should or should not be protected under the law should be made by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists, not by members of Congress, according to a new poll conducted by Tulchin Research. These poll results arrive even as this Congress has been flooded with more than 80 bills, amendments, and riders, including numerous provisions in the funding bills for the Department of the Interior and other agencies, designed to weaken the act or remove protections for specific species.

The poll, conducted in September for Defenders of Wildlife and Earthjustice, shows that:

  • Nearly three-fourths (74%) of registered voters in Missouri support upholding the Endangered Species Act.
  • Eighty-five percent (85%) of registered voters in Missouri believe that decisions about which species should or should not be protected under the Endangered Species Act should be made by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists, not by members of Congress.
  • Two-thirds (67%) of registered voters in Missouri are more likely to vote for a member of Congress who supports environmental safeguards like the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.
  • Seventy-seven (77%) of registered voters in Missouri reject the notion that the Endangered Species Act “hurts the economy and destroys jobs,” believing instead that “the law is necessary” and that “we can protect our natural heritage for future generations while growing our economy and creating jobs.”

Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife, issued the following statement:

“The majority of Missourians strongly believe in upholding the Endangered Species Act, and that’s what they want their elected officials to fight for in Congress. As Senators Claire McCaskill, Roy Blunt and Missouri’s various House members vote on legislation this fall to fund the Department of the Interior and other federal agencies, it's critical they represent their constituents’ stand on this issue and reject all riders undermining the act. These attacks do fundamental damage to the act and will further jeopardize already imperiled species in Missouri like the Northern long-eared bat, red knot, least tern and piping plover, making it much harder for Missouri to continue its proud legacy of restoring imperiled wildlife.”

Drew Caputo, Earthjustice VP of Litigation for Lands, Wildlife and Oceans, issued the following statement:

“We commissioned the poll in light of the current wave of congressional attacks on the Endangered Species Act, including efforts by some in Congress to make decisions about specific imperiled species based on politics rather than science. We wanted to gauge Americans’ resolve to protect our nation’s wildlife. What we found is that across gender, age, ethnic, geographic and political lines, American voters whole-heartedly support the Endangered Species Act and don’t believe politicians should meddle with a law that has proven 99% successful in bringing species back from the brink of extinction.”

Background:

Form Sept. 8- 13, 2015, Tulchin Research conducted a telephone survey of 200 likely November 2016 voters in Missouri, using live professional callers and dialing both landlines and cell phones. The margin of error for this survey is +/- 6.9 percentage points.

This Congress has already established itself as one of the most environmentally hostile congresses in history. Since January, Members of Congress have introduced over 80 proposals that would cripple endangered species conservation. Some legislative proposals put specific imperiled wildlife species on the chopping block, while others attack core provisions of the Endangered Species Act itself.  

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