Views about environmental regulation by state (2014) Switch to: State by views about environmental protection

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State Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
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Alabama 47% 45% 3% 5% 511
Alaska 41% 54% 2% 3% 310
Arizona 40% 54% 2% 4% 653
Arkansas 47% 49% 2% 2% 311
California 34% 60% 3% 4% 3,697
Colorado 37% 57% 2% 4% 504
Connecticut 32% 64% 1% 3% 377
Delaware 32% 59% 5% 5% 301
District of Columbia 23% 71% 2% 3% 303
Florida 38% 57% 2% 3% 2,020
Georgia 37% 58% 2% 3% 968
Hawaii 26% 68% < 1% 5% 312
Idaho 44% 53% 1% 2% 320
Illinois 37% 58% 2% 2% 1,326
Indiana 44% 52% 2% 2% 654
Iowa 35% 60% 3% 2% 330
Kansas 40% 51% 4% 5% 307
Kentucky 48% 45% 3% 4% 439
Louisiana 43% 51% 2% 4% 465
Maine 33% 62% 3% 2% 303
Maryland 32% 64% 2% 3% 644
Massachusetts 31% 63% 2% 4% 704
Michigan 37% 54% 4% 5% 982
Minnesota 35% 60% 2% 3% 563
Mississippi 44% 48% 5% 3% 309
Missouri 44% 52% 2% 2% 642
Montana 56% 40% 2% 2% 312
Nebraska 41% 52% 2% 5% 312
Nevada 41% 52% 3% 4% 314
New Hampshire 31% 66% 2% 1% 303
New Jersey 31% 63% 2% 4% 886
New Mexico 39% 55% 3% 3% 312
New York 30% 64% 2% 3% 1,966
North Carolina 38% 55% 3% 4% 1,022
North Dakota 46% 47% 2% 5% 338
Ohio 42% 53% 3% 3% 1,132
Oklahoma 42% 52% 3% 4% 391
Oregon 38% 56% 3% 4% 419
Pennsylvania 40% 56% 2% 2% 1,366
Rhode Island 28% 65% 3% 4% 305
South Carolina 43% 52% 2% 3% 495
South Dakota 48% 50% 1% 2% 305
Tennessee 45% 49% 3% 4% 661
Texas 38% 56% 3% 3% 2,535
Utah 42% 51% 6% 2% 315
Vermont 27% 70% 1% 2% 306
Virginia 38% 58% 2% 1% 882
Washington 28% 66% 3% 3% 714
West Virginia 55% 38% 3% 4% 309
Wisconsin 38% 58% 2% 2% 600
Wyoming 55% 38% 4% 4% 316

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