Aug 4, 2021 - News

Floridians (almost) all agree on stronger environmental protections

Do you approve or disapprove of the passage of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act?
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.
Is the state of Florida doing enough to protect the environment from the effects of population growth and development?
Data: Florida Policy Survey; Chart: Connor Rothschild/Axios
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