This study by Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions seeks to answer the questions:
“Why do rural voters and their representatives often oppose environmental regulations? What accounts for this apparent rural/urban divide on attitudes toward environmental policy? Are there alternative policies, communications strategies, or, more broadly, ways to engage rural voters and constituencies that might bridge the urban/rural divide on the environment?”
The study reveals 10 major findings as well as some recommendations for engaging rural voters. These key points are also summarized in a one-page info-graphic–Rural Attitudes Toward the Environment and Conservation in America–also produced by the Nicholas Institute.
Citation: Bonnie, Robert, Emily Pechar Diamond, and Elizabeth Rowe. Understanding Rural Attitudes Toward the Environment and Conservation in America. 2020. Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Accessed April 23, 2020 from https://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/sites/default/files/publications/understanding-rural-attitudes-toward-environment-conservation-america.pdf