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Poll: Protecting environment takes priority over economic growth

Kevin HoffmanReboot Illinois

Oct 16, 2016

More than half of Illinois voters believe human activity is to blame for global warming rather than natural climate cycles, according to a new poll.

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale surveyed 1,000 registered voters between Sept. 27 and Oct. 2, and found 57 percent think Earth is warming because of human activities like burning fossil fuels, while 25 percent cited natural environmental patterns. Another 12 percent said there is no solid evidence of global warming.

Pollsters also asked voters whether the environment should be prioritized even at the cost of economic growth. Sixty-four percent said protecting…

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