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(10/06/09) -

Costa Ricans Endorse Plan to Reduce Pollution

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – A large majority of people in Costa Rica support a proposal enacted in San José, the capital city, which prohibits every car from being on the road one day a week, according to a poll by CID Gallup. 72 per cent of respondents support this new regulation a lot, and an additional 10 per cent support it moderately.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – A large majority of people in Costa Rica support a proposal enacted in San José, the capital city, which prohibits every car from being on the road one day a week, according to a poll by CID Gallup. 72 per cent of respondents support this new regulation a lot, and an additional 10 per cent support it moderately.

Óscar Arias won the February 2006 presidential election with 40.92 per cent of all cast ballots as the candidate for the National Liberation Party (PLN). Arias had headed the government from 1986 to 1990, and was able to run again after the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly opted to bring back presidential re-election in 2003. He was sworn in for the second time in May 2006.

Costa Rica has been traditionally regarded for its commitment to environmental protection. In July, after suspending the measure while the Constitutional Court studied its legitimacy, Arias signed a decree ordering every car in San José to remain off the road for one day each week as a way to reduce pollution in the country’s biggest city.

The next presidential election in Costa Rica is scheduled for Feb. 7, 2010.

Polling Data

Do you support the regulation that forces every car to remain off the road for one day each week?

A lot

72%

Moderately

10%

Not too much

4%

Not at all

11%

Not sure

3%

Source: CID Gallup
Methodology: Face-to-face interviews with 1,226 Costa Rican adults, conducted from Aug. 2 to Aug. 14, 2009. Margin of error is 3 per cent.