WASHINGTON, D.C. — New polling from Data for Progress and Responsive Management highlights the broad, bipartisan, and overwhelming support for the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. The legislation, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is pending action before the U.S. Senate, would be the most important piece of wildlife-conservation legislation in half a century.
The Data for Progress polling shows support for the bill has grown over the past year: “Eighty-six percent of voters support RAWA and investing in efforts at the local level to save wildlife, including 92 percent of Democrats, 85 percent of Independents, and 83 percent of Republicans. Public support remains strong, as this finding builds upon a that found 84 percent of voters support the bill.”
The Responsive Management survey highlights how the bill bridged the partisan divide at a time when Republicans and Democrats are at odds on a range of issues: “In a time of stark political polarization, RAWA appears to be one of the few causes able to unite both Democrats and Republicans: the bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support in June and has been introduced in the U.S. Senate, where it is expected to be voted on this month.”
“The results could not be clearer: The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is one of the few bills that can unite this Congress and the American people,” said Mike Saccone, vice president for communications at the National Wildlife Federation. “Inaction is the ally of extinction. Congress should come together in the coming weeks to pass this landmark bipartisan legislation and secure our shared wildlife heritage for future generations.”
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