Poll Shows State Backing for Environmental Efforts

OCTOBER 9, 2006 - Posted at 7:55 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A poll shows that most Arkansans believe the state is on the right track in its environmental policies but the respondents see weakness in federal policies.

The poll, taken for Stephens Media, found that 59 percent believe Arkansas is going in the right direction when it comes to protecting the environment.  The survey found that 22 percent believe the state is going in the wrong direction and 19 percent were undecided, didn't know or did not respond.

Regarding the federal government, 53 percent said there is too little environmental protection.  Thirty-two percent said the government's efforts are about right and six percent said the federal government is doing too much.  Eight percent were undecided.

Opinion Research Associates of Little Rock surveyed 500 registered voters by telephone September 26-30.  The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

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