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A new poll by Research and Polling Inc. of New Mexico shows wide public support for transferring management of Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service, making it the nation’s 19th National Preserve.
The poll, conducted Jan. 2-12, shows that New Mexico voters support NPS management by a wide margin, 64 percent to 13 percent. Sportsmen approve this approach by an even wider margin, 69 percent to 9 percent, the poll shows.
The survey was a statewide random sample of 407 voters with an oversample of 100 sportsmen (for a total sample size of 270 sportsmen). The margin of error was +/- 4.9 percent. The oversample of 100 sportsmen is not included in the statewide random sample results.
Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have spearheaded legislation in Congress (S. 285) that would establish the Valles Caldera National Preserve as a National Park Service Unit. Their bill is also supported by northern New Mexico U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.
“Broad-based voter support for the National Park Service initiative cuts across demographic, regional and political lines,” said Brian Sanderoff, President of Research and Polling Inc.
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