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E-M:/ Michigan Voters Demand Better Enforcement of Air and Water Protections



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Enviro-Mich message from Jeff Irwin <lcvefmi@worldnet.att.net>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:       MARCH 22, 2000

Contact:  Lisa Wozniak
League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
Phone  (734) 485-1162

30 Days Before the Celebration of the 30th Earth Day Michigan Voters
Demand Better Enforcement of Air and Water Protections

Thirty years after the first Earth Day, Michigan voters say they want 
tougher air and water protections and better enforcement of the 
environmental laws already on the books, according to a poll published by 
the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. The poll also found that 
eighty-two percent of Michigan voters believe that they can have a clean 
environment and a strong economy at the same time. Of the 16% who say we 
must choose, 56% choose the environment.

"Voters obviously want strong laws and tougher environmental enforcement to 
protect Michigan's water and air," said Lisa Wozniak, Great Lakes Regional 
Director of the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. "The results 
of this poll also absolutely show that people understand a good environment 
supports a good economy," she added.

On specific questions about Michigan's rivers, lakes and air quality - the 
results strongly favor tough protections for these natural resources.

**Ninety -four percent  (68% strongly, 26% somewhat) favor having tougher
enforcement of existing laws to protect Michigan rivers and lakes from
pollution.
**Eighty-seven percent (58% strongly, 29% somewhat) favor creating tougher
laws to protect Michigan rivers and lakes from pollution.
**Eighty-two percent (53% strongly, 29% somewhat) favor creating tougher
laws to protect drinking water in Michigan.
**Eighty-nine percent (59% strongly, 30% somewhat) favor having tougher
enforcement of existing laws to protect drinking water in Michigan.
**Seventy-five percent (35% strongly, 40% somewhat) favor creating tougher
laws to protect air quality in Michigan.
**Eighty-six percent (51% strongly, 35% somewhat) favor tougher enforcement 
of existing laws to protect air quality.

METHODOLOGY
This memo is based on the findings of a telephone survey conducted by 
Bennett, Petts and Blumenthal  between January 3 to 10, 2000. Twelve 
hundred (1200) likely November 2000 general election voters in the State of 
Michigan were selected at random and interviewed by trained, professional 
telephone interviewers.  The margin of error for the overall survey results 
is ?2.8 points.

 Lisa Wozniak
 Great Lakes Regional Director
 League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
 1018 Congress Street
 Ypsilanti, MI 48197
 734-485-1162
 734-485-1182 fax
 lcvmi@igc.org



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