Vast Majority of Americans Oppose Trump Administration’s Removing Protected Status of Certain Monuments

Bears Ears National Monument, located in southern Utah, is a historic and sacred home for Navajo people. Photo by Jonathan Bailey

Published December 1, 2017

WASHINGTON – A national survey conducted by McLaughlin & Associates reveals the vast majority of Americans oppose the U.S. Department of Interior Secretary’s recommendation to remove the protected status of certain national monuments. In fact, voters support the creation of more national monuments four to one over reducing them.

Secretary Zinke made his recommendations to President Trump recently. Trump is expected to travel to Utah next Monday to take off the national monument status to Bears Ears that was designated as such by former President Obama. 

After being informed of Secretary Zinke’s recommendation to remove protections and shrink the land mass of certain national monuments, greater than four in ten, 42 percent , support the creation of more national monuments. Nearly half, 48 percent of all voters would like to leave the number of protected national monuments as is, meaning that 90 percent support either creating more national monuments or keeping the same amount of monuments. Just 10 percent want to reduce the number of protected national monuments.

Support for protecting national monuments is strong across all key voter groups, including partisan affiliation. Republicans are more likely to prefer leaving the number of protected monuments as is, 51 percent to 34 percent (vs. “More”), while Democrats slightly prefer the creation of more monuments, 47 percent to 44 percent (vs. “As Is).

Editor’s Note:  McLaughlin & Associates conducted a national survey of 1,000 likely November 2018 general election voters from November 9th to 13th, 2017. All interviews were conducted online and respondents were carefully selected and screened from a nationwide representative platform of individuals who elect to participate in online surveys. Interviews were stratified by state of residence, race, age, gender and partisan affiliation to correlate with actual voter turnout from previous even-year elections for President and U.S. Congress. The modeled error estimate is +/- 3.1%. Totals may not add up to exactly 100% due to rounding.

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