Montanans are split on how they view President Trump’s handling of public lands and wildlife issues.
According to a new poll by Colorado College, 46 percent approve of the Trump Administration’s land, water and wildlife policies overall, while 45 percent disapprove.
Fifty-eight percent said they’re in favor of protecting air, water, wildlife and recreation on lands, with 28 percent saying they’re in favor opening up more public lands for drilling and mining.
Other survey questions and responses include:
- 42 percent support, 50 percent oppose: Raising fees to enter some of the country’s largest national parks during peak season.
- 32 percent support, 53 percent oppose: Privatizing the management of campgrounds, visitor centers and other services provided at national parks and other national public lands.
- 33 percent support, 54 percent oppose: Expanding how much public land is available to private companies which pay for the ability to drill for oil and gas on public lands.
- 30 percent support, 54 percent oppose: Expanding how much public land is available to private companies which pay for the ability to mine for uranium and other metals on public lands.
- 23 percent support, 64 percent oppose: Allowing mining on public lands next to Grand Canyon National Park, where new mining claims are currently banned.
- 34 percent support, 54 percent oppose: Changing current plans to protect habitat for threatened sage-grouse in Western states.
- 77 percent support, 9 percent oppose: Requiring oil and gas producers who operate on public lands to use updated equipment and technology to prevent leaks of methane gas during the extraction process and reduce the need to burn off excess natural gas into the air—a regulation the Trump administration is seeking to overturn.
You can view the complete Colorado College poll results for Montana here.