There are very few topics on which Democrats and Republicans can agree. One of them is both sides overwhelming support for the country’s national forests.
According to a poll conducted in partnership with research firms Public Opinion Strategies and Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, 81 percent of Americans across the political spectrum believe funding of National Forests should not be cut, despite federal budget problems. That includes 74 percent of Republicans surveyed , 80 percent of Independents and 89 percent of Democrats.
All told, 72 percent of voters surveyed would support additional funding to maintain and restore National Forest lands even if it meant a small tax increase, while 83 percent of voters agree that conserving America’s land, air and water is patriotic.
“The NFF has long recognized Americans’ personal connections to their National Forests through our work bringing people together to restore and enhance these public lands. This survey not only reveals these connections, but also shows there is strong support for funding of National Forest land and water,” said Bill Possiel, President of the National Forest Foundation.