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Declining GOP Support for Tougher Environmental Laws

Over the past two decades, the public consensus in favor of tougher environmentalrestrictions has weakened, primarily because of changing opinions amongRepublicans.

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

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 twiceas many Democrats as Republicans say stricter environmental laws and regulations areneeded (93% vs. 47%). Read More


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