Statewide Survey: Most Floridians Want More Protection for the Environment and More Money to Protect Endangered Species

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Statewide Survey: Most Floridians Want More Protection for the Environment and More Money to Protect Endangered Species

By: Issac Morgan – August 3, 2021

With Florida’s population rising over a decade, most residents surveyed believe the state should do more to protect the environment from population growth and development, according to a statewide survey conducted by the University of South Florida.

About 64 percent of the respondents felt that way, according to a sample of 600 Floridians questioned  in the survey. The survey was done from July 15-25.

Florida is home to about 21.5 million residents, according to 2020 U.S. Census data, and the state’s population grew by nearly 2.7 million, compared to 2010.

Meanwhile, the Florida panther, an endangered animal beloved in the Sunshine State, has been threatened by new road construction projects in the state. Environmental groups continue to advocate for protecting the big cats.

In fact, the survey found that 52 percent of respondents strongly supported more funding to safeguard endangered species, such as Florida panthers and manatees.

In addition, 55 percent of residents surveyed strongly supported actions “restricting the use of agricultural fertilizers that can contribute to red-tide outbreaks.”

About 55 percent of residents surveyed also said more action is needed to preserve the state’s natural ecosystems.

About 49 percent strongly supported committing additional funding to preserve Florida’s natural ecosystems, according to the survey.

 

Issac Morgan
Issac Morgan

Issac Morgan is a 2009 graduate of Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism, and a proud native of Tallahassee. He has covered city council and community events at the Gadsden County Times, worked as a sports news assistant at the Tallahassee Democrat, a communications specialist for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and as a proofreader at the Florida Law Weekly.

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  1. Now, if that 64% voted for elected leaders based on their environmental actions (not words) we’d have a shot at turning things around.

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