Citizen Views on Great Lakes Policy: A Comparison of Canadian and U.S. Publics

by Brent Steel, Oregon State Univ, Corvallis, United States,
Dennis Soden, Oregon State Univ, Corvallis, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


This study investigates Canadian and American public opinion concerning the use of public funds to restore and protect Great Lakes coastal areas. Based upon survey data collected among citizens living in Great Lakes metropolitan areas, it is evident that both Canadian and American respondents support the use of public funds to restore damaged shoreline along the Great Lakes. Canadians were found to be more supportive of public programs when compared to their American counterparts. A variety of factors including socioeconomic characteristics, political and environmental value orientations, and geographical proximity to coastal areas, are investigated as possible sources of support for public programs. Findings suggest that all of these factors have a significant impact upon citizen support for government programs to restore damaged Great Lakes shoreline.

Subject Headings: Ecological restoration | Lakes | Comparative studies | Shoreline | Coastal management | Geomatic surveys | Data collection | Hydrologic data | Great Lakes

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