July 17, 2012

Declining GOP Support for Tougher Environmental Laws

47%

About half of Republicans agree that stricter laws and regulations are needed to protect the environment. That’s down 17 points since 2009 and down nearly 40 points since 1992.

Over the past two decades, the public consensus in favor of tougher environmental
restrictions has weakened, primarily because of changing opinions among
Republicans.

For the first time in a Pew Research Center political values survey, only about half of
Republicans (47%) agree that “there needs to be stricter laws and regulations to protect the
environment.”

This represents a decline of 17 points since 2009 and a fall of nearly 40 points, from 86%, since 1992.

The partisan gap over this measure was modest two decades ago. Today, roughly twice
as many Democrats as Republicans say stricter environmental laws and regulations are
needed (93% vs. 47%). Read More