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(06/20/07) -

Jobs Trump Environmental Protection in U.S.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Adults in the United States think employment is more important than conservation, according to a poll by Opinion Dynamics released by Fox News. 50 per cent of respondents would choose saving 1,000 jobs in their state, while 29 per cent would select protecting land that is home to an endangered species.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Adults in the United States think employment is more important than conservation, according to a poll by Opinion Dynamics released by Fox News. 50 per cent of respondents would choose saving 1,000 jobs in their state, while 29 per cent would select protecting land that is home to an endangered species.

The unemployment rate in the U.S. stood at 4.5 per cent in May. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 8 million jobs have been generated in the U.S. since August 2003.

In September 2005, the White House endorsed the Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act in a written memorandum, which read: “We appreciate the importance of respecting private property rights and generally support provisions of the bill that will better enable the federal government to set priorities, provide stability for landowners and encouragement of private stewardship, and focus over the long term on the recovery of endangered species.”

Earlier this month, U.S. District Court judge John C. Coughenour dismissed the federal government’s decision to include hatchery-raised salmon when defining which runs need to be protected. Coghenour wrote: “The purpose of the Endangered Species Act is to promote populations that are self-sustaining without human interference. If the ESA did not require that species be returned to a state in which they were naturally self-sustaining, preservation of the habitat of the species would be unnecessary.”

Polling Data

If you had to choose between saving 1,000 jobs in your state and protecting land that is home to an endangered species, which would you choose?

Saving jobs

50%

Protecting species

29%

Both / Same

14%

Don’t know

7%

Source: Opinion Dynamics / Fox News
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 900 registered American voters, conducted on Jun. 5 and Jun. 6, 2007. Margin of error is 3 per cent.