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Immediate Release:  April 14, 2004
Contact:   Andy Buchsbaum - (734) 769-3351
Jordan Lubetkin - (734) 769-3351; (cell) 419-787-7744

81 Percent of Michigan Voters Support Comprehensive Great Lakes
Restoration

55 Percent of Voters Say They Will More Likely Vote For Congressional,
Presidential Candidates Who Support Great Lakes Restoration Financing
Act

ANN ARBOR, MI - Michigan voters overwhelmingly support Great Lakes
restoration - and more than half of all voters believe that the issue is
important enough to influence their vote for Congressional and
presidential candidates in fall elections, according to a survey
released today by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

The poll, conducted by Marketing Research Group last month, found that
81 percent of Michigan voters support current federal legislation, the
Great Lakes Restoration Financing Act, which authorizes $4 billion to
clean up and control pollution, combat invasive species, and restore and
conserve wetlands and coastal habitat. According to the poll, 66 percent
of voters "strongly support" Great Lakes restoration and 15 percent
"somewhat support" the legislation.

More than half of the voters surveyed - 55 percent - said that they
would be more likely to vote for a U.S. representative, senator or
president who supported the Great Lakes Restoration Financing Act. The
poll also indicated that 55 percent of self-described independent
voters, or "ticket splitters," would be more likely to vote for a U.S.
representative, senator or president who supported the legislation.

"The Great Lakes play an important role in the lives of millions of
Michigan men and women," said Andy Buchsbaum, center director for NWF's
Great Lakes center in Ann Arbor, Mich.  "They realize the Great Lakes
are in trouble. They want to restore and protect the Great Lakes - and
they are willing to vote for candidates who protect this important
global resource."

Great Lakes restoration has emerged as a potential election issue
despite the fact that Michigan voters rank environmental concerns as a
low state priority. When asked what was the most important problem
facing the state of Michigan, only 4 percent of respondents identified
environmental concerns. Among Michigan voters, 52 percent identified
unemployment and job security as the most important problem facing
Michigan, followed by the economy (21 percent) and education funding (12
percent). The environment ranked tenth - behind issues including state
budget problems, taxes, health care and safety.

"For people in Michigan, the Great Lakes represent more than an
environmental issue. They're our economy, our way of life, even our
identity," said Buchsbaum. "Families have relied on the Great Lakes for
generations and want to see it there for future generations as well.
Even in tough fiscal times, Michigan residents realize that the Great
Lakes demand national support."

Support for Great Lakes restoration comes as Congress debates two
bipartisan initiatives - HR 2720 in the House of Representatives and S.
1398 in the Senate - that devote between $4 billion and $6 billion to
restoration efforts.

The NWF poll also asked voters to weigh the need to restore the Great
Lakes against the need to balance the increasing federal budget deficit.
By a slim majority, voters want Congress to pass $4 billion Great Lakes
restoration legislation before eliminating the federal budget deficit:
47 percent approved of the $4 billion expenditure, while 46 percent said
they wanted to eliminate the budget deficit first.

The full poll results and poll details are attached.

Protecting wildlife through education and action since 1936, the
National Wildlife Federation is America's conservation organization
creating solutions that balance the needs of people and wildlife now and
for future generations.

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Poll details:
The poll of 600 likely voters was conducted by Marketing Resource
Group, Inc. (MRG) from March 8 through March 14, 2004, and has a margin
of error of +/- 4.1%.

Poll questions begin on the following page.
  Question asked:
Would you support or oppose federal legislation, named the Great Lakes
Restoration Financing Act, to authorize 4 billion dollars in block
grants over five years to invest in the Great Lakes for cleaning up and
controlling pollution, combating invasive species, and restoring and
conserving wetlands and coastal habitat.

Strongly support …………….66 %
Somewhat support…………...15%
Neither support nor oppose …..2%
Somewhat oppose …………….5%
Strongly oppose ………………7%
Don't know (Volunteered)…….4 %
Refused (Volunteered)………….*

TOTAL SUPPORT: 81 %
TOTAL OPPOSE: 12%



Would you be more or less likely to vote for a US Representative,
Senator or President if you leaned that he or she voted yes to support
Great Lakes Restoration Financing Act described in the previous
question?

Much more likely……….33%
Somewhat more likely…..22%
Makes no difference…….34%
Somewhat less likely……..2%
Much less likely………….3%
Don't know………………6%
Refused…………………..*

TOTAL MORE LIKELY: 55%
TOTAL LESS LIKELY: 5%



Please tell me which of the following statements comes closest to your
own opinion:
(Rotate A & B):

A: Because the Great Lakes account for 90 percent of the surface
freshwater in the United States, Congress and the President should
approve 4 billion dollars to restore and protect them.

Or …

B: While I'm in favor of protecting the Great Lakes, this is not the
right time to spend 4 billion dollars on their restoration. Congress and
the President should eliminate the budget deficit first.

A: Approve $4 billion ……………47%
B: Eliminate budget deficit first.…46%
Refused……………………………*

  In your opinion, what do you think is the most important problem
facing the State of Michigan at the present time, that is, the one you
yourself are most concerned about? (DO NOT READ RESPONSES) (OPEN-END -
PROBE FOR TWO RESPONSES)

Unemployment/layoffs/job security………………….52%
Economy (general)…………………………………….21%
Education Funding…………………………………….12%
Education Quality……………………………………..12%
State Budget Problems………………………………….9%
Taxes……………………………………………………8%
Healthcare/health insurance/mental health…………..…6%
Roads/streets/construction/traffic………………………5%
Crime/law enforcement/public safety……………….…5%
Environmental concerns/pollution/water……………….4%
Local/state government…………………………………2%
Senior citizen issues…………………………………….2%
Welfare/poverty/homeless………………………………2%
Gay marriage mentions…………………………………2%
Morals/family values……………………………………2%
Abortion…………………………………………………1%
Gas prices………………………………………………..1%
Socks/pensions/retirement savings………………………1%
Iraq/Middle East War……………………………………1%
Children/Youth Issues…………………………………...1%
Drugs…………………………………………………….1%
Terrorist attack…………………………………………..1%

Nothing/doing a good job………………………………..2%
Other……………………………………………………..3%
Don't know…………………………………………...….4%
Refused…………………………………………………..1%


For more information on poll methodology, contact Paul King, Director
of Survey Research for MRG at (313) 824-2432 or paulk@mrgmi.com


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Jordan F. Lubetkin
Regional Communications Manager
Great Lakes Natural Resource Center
National Wildlife Federation
213 W. Liberty, Suite 200
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1398
734-769-3351 Voice
419-787-7744 Cell
734-769-1449 Fax
lubetkin@nwf.org



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