|Alaskans Strongly Support ANWR Development|
Over 78% percent of Alaskans support exploration and production on the Coastal Plain of ANWR. Polling conducted in December 2009 by the Dittman Research Corporation shows that a vast majority of Alaskans support opening ANWR to oil and gas exploration.
Dittman’s poll questioning Alaskans on various topics of interest has been conducted regularly over the years and includes the basic question,
In December 2009 the response was 78% in favor of exploration and 21% opposed. The results over the past 10 years indicate a very steady response with only minor fluctuation.
Further polls nationally have shown that once basics facts about ANWR exploration are explained to respondents, such as the fact that the only area under consideration for development is the 10-02 Area of ANWR and of this legislation limits the footprint size to 2000 acres, that nearly half of those who originally answered “opposed” change their minds. The results for Alaskans are very clear and have been for decades. That Alaskans understand exploration can be done properly and with care for the environment. Furthermore the issue in Alaska is fairly non-partisan with Democrats and Republicans supporting the issue equally. Nearly every year the Alaska State Legislature passes a resolution supporting ANWR exploration. The votes have always been nearly unanimous with only 1 or 2 legislators dissenting.
To view the 2008 PEW national poll click here:
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