Aug 4, 2021 - News
Floridians (almost) all agree on stronger environmental protections
Data: Florida Policy Survey; Chart: Connor Rothschild/Axios

Floridians see a need for more government action to protect the environment, and a vast majority approve of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act, according to a new survey on conservation and environmental policy from the University of South Florida.

The big picture: Generally, there was strong support for protecting natural habitats and endangered species, and most Floridians would support additional funding to preserve ecosystems and wildlife.

  • Support was consistent among both Republicans and Democrats, though slightly lower among independents.

How some big issues fared:

  • Florida Wildlife Corridor Act: Nearly 90% said they either strongly or somewhat approve of the act, which sets aside $400 million to preserve and protect a green network from the Everglades to the Panhandle.
  • Trees: An overwhelming majority of respondents (91% Ds, 90% Rs) would support reforestation to absorb carbon emissions.
  • Red tide: Some 85% favor restrictions on the use of agricultural fertilizers, which are believed to contribute to red tide outbreaks.
  • Plastic: While the state currently prohibits bans on single-use plastic products, most Floridians say the decision should be left to local jurisdictions.
Data: Florida Policy Survey; Chart: Connor Rothschild/Axios
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