SPORTSMEN SAY BUSH ADMINISTRATION POLICIES ARE WRONG ON CONSERVATION - Mitch Perry

07/14/04

A Florida Wildlife Federation - National Wildlife Federation Poll released today reveals that most Florida Hunters and Anglers - who voted for President Bush by better than a 3 to 1 margin in 2000 - oppose administration policies that that destroy wetlands and roll back environmental protections.

...She said the Florida section of the Poll was extrapolated from a national poll of hunters and anglers nationwide...

By Party Breakdown, those who participated in the poll voted overwhelmingly for George W. Bush over Al Gore in 2000........

Jenny Brock is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Florida Wildlife Federation. She espoused statistics to demonstrate the true conservative nature of those polled - saying that those members supported President Bush over Al Gore in the 2000 race, 64 to 20%......Brock explained why she needed to provide that Breakdown (roll tape#1 o.q."

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The nonpartisan poll found that Florida sportsmen overwhelmingly oppose draining natural wetlands for development, and by a 5-1 margin they want a strong regulation to require coal-fired power plants to cut mercury emissions, which are contributing to Florida's mercury fish consumption advisories for popular fish.

Brock said that the poll's results are conservation minded - more so than any fashion in which the Bush Administration has ruled (roll tape#2 o.q."opportunities")

Steve O'Hara is a Jacksonville Attorney and a member of the board of the National Wildlife Federation....He says over the past couple of years, he 's heard anecodatally that hunters and anglers are frustrated with Bush environmental policies.(roll tape#3 o.q."

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The impact of the Bush Administration's mercury power plants proposal will be the main agenda topic for a National Wildlife Federation summit to be held July 23rd in Tallahassee....

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