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Poll: Voters don't like Scott's proposed cut to Everglades funding



The Everglades Foundation today released parts of their Terrance Group poll of 607 likely voters on Feb. 13-14. Here are some of the key findings:

• 55 percent are opposed to Gov. Rick Scott's cut to Everglades restoration, including 37 percent who say they are "strongly opposed." Forty percent favor the cut. Scott proposal would cut Everglades restoration 66 percent, from $50 million to $17 million.

• 48 percent disagreed that the state's growth management was hurting the economy, while 42 percent agreed. 

• 81 percent said the state should manage growth to protect rivers, lakes, streams and beaches from pollution.

• Asked to rank the benefits of Everglades restoration, ensuring a fresh drinking water supply came in No. 1, followed by reduction levels of toxic pollutants found in fish and protecting endangered wildlife like the Florida Panther and the Southern Bald Eagle.

"To grow Florida's economy and attract new employers, we have no other choice but to increase our supply of freshwater," Everglades Foundation CEO Kirk Fordham said.


[Last modified: Monday, February 28, 2011 3:46pm]


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