Avid outdoors enthusiasts, Montanans espouse strong proconservation views; perceive public lands as boon for economy.
Montanans’ Connection to Conservation:
- An overwhelming majority (73%) of voters in Montana say they are conservationists.
- Montanans love being outdoors. Sixty percent(60%) are regular campers and 57% say they hike regularly. Bird watching or viewing other wildlife and boating are also popular activities in the state, with more than one-third of voters regularly participating in them.
- Younger voters in the state are especially active outdoors, with 77% of 18-34 year- olds saying they camp regularly and 68% saying they are regular hikers.
- Given their high level of outdoor activity, it is not surprising that 71% of Montana voters plan to visit a national park sometime in 2013.
- Montanans’ clear affinity for the outdoors means that they want children in the state to spend time outside and worry they are not --77% of voters in the state say that children not spending enough time outdoors is a serious problem.
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