Thursday, October 13, 2011

Interesting Land Use/Development Poll

The Saint Consulting Group recently released a poll testing attitudes about various kinds of local development projects.  The poll contains many interesting findings, and perhaps the most interesting is a marked disparity between the attitudes of men and women about most kinds of development projects.  The pollsters also found, among other things, that WalMarts are getting less unpopular; that most people would prefer the status quo to development, even with a poor economy; that most people consider development an important election issue and that most also distrust the relationship between developers and local government; and that, notwithstanding the findings about general opposition to development, a significant majority of people would support a wind farm near their home. 

The report is available here; some coverage from the New York Times energy and environment blog (focused on the gender disparity) is here.

- Dave Owen

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