Conservation Wins with Western Voters

Throughout the West, land conservation is a winning campaign issue.

Western voters identify with the region’s outdoor spaces and deeply value access for hiking, hunting, fishing, and camping. Whether a candidate is running for president, governor, senator, or representative, those who show support for the West’s outdoors, parks, and public lands have a leg up in connecting with voters.

This year, the road to the White House runs through the Rocky Mountain West with Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Montana looming as key showdowns. The region will also host key races for governor, for the U.S. Senate, and for the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Winning the West Campaign provides information and data to help candidates connect with Westerners in a way that strikes the right balance on public lands, energy, and recreation issues.

WESTERN BATTLEGROUND STATES

SWING VOTERS CHOOSE CANDIDATE WITH A PRO-CONSERVATION, BALANCED APPROACH

CO VOTERS DEM IND REP
A Republican candidate who believes that the outdoors are what define Colorado; who will make protecting and providing public access to our land, water, and wildlife a top priority; who will support our recreation economy and ranching; and who believes that we can have energy development on Colorado lands if we manage it in a balanced way and prioritize wind and solar power. 45 10 40 88

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A Democratic candidate who will make protecting our land, water, and air a top priority and increase funding for environmental programs; who believes oil, gas, and coal should stay in the ground and be replaced by renewable sources, like wind and solar; and who says together we can create a cleaner future for generations to come. 44 84 38 7


CO VOTERS DEM IND REP
A Democratic candidate who believes that the outdoors are what define Colorado; who will make protecting and providing public access to our land, water, and wildlife a top priority; who will support our recreation economy and ranching; and who believes that we can have energy development on Colorado lands if we manage it in a balanced way and prioritize wind and solar power. 54 89 53 16

VS

A Republican candidate who believes states should be able to manage their own public lands, not federal bureaucrats; who supports selling some public lands to close the budget deficit; and who prioritizes expanding domestic oil and gas production to spur economic development and create jobs. 33 6 21 72

Download the full poll results

Focus Groups

The video shows brief highlights from focus groups among swing voters in Jefferson County, Colorado.



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Posted by Center for Western Priorities on Wednesday, February 24, 2016
 


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