New Survey

Two-thirds of Mass Residents Support Conservation Investments

Survey of 850 Massachusetts residents shows strong support for nature and additional investments in the outdoors

Man hiking on meadow path

New survey results find that Massachusetts residents across demographics and from every part of the state overwhelmingly support public funding for land conservation and outdoor recreation. More than two-thirds of residents surveyed think we need to do more to conserve land, water, and wildlife habitat. Protecting water, air, and endangered species; ensuring all communities can access the outdoors; and using nature to reduce climate risk are ranked as the most important priorities for investment.

The phone survey of 850 Massachusetts residents was conducted in March 2022 by Responsive Management, an independent non-partisan survey organization.

The survey results provide important information about residents’ attitudes regarding conservation and outdoor activities and provide a basis for tracking changes in attitudes and opinions over time. It was funded by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Mass Audubon, The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts, Trout Unlimited, and The Trustees of Reservations.

For an executive summary of the survey, click here.