While media coverage of the Endangered Species Act and the threat of its extinction may make it seem like everyday people in America must no longer support it, a new study by Ohio State University researchers seems to suggest otherwise: everyday Americans are, for the most part, for the act.
The new survey, published in Conservation Letters, finds that 4/5ths of Americans support the act and only 1 out of 10 oppose it. The survey was taken by 1,287 Americans.
Additionally, what the survey found may come as a surprise. Even within 8 special interest groups, such as property-rights advocates and hunters, researchers found the groups were all 68% supportive of the ESA. Support was also consistent throughout varied regions U.S..
Furthermore, the study found that throughout the political party spectrum Americans supportive of the ESA were well within the majority: 90% of liberals supported it; 77% of moderates; and 74% of conservatives.
Even within the community that demonstrated the highest rate of opposition, property rights advocates, the opposition came in three points shy of a quarter of the community at 21% in opposition.