A Mandate To Protect America's Wilderness

A Mandate To Protect America's Wilderness

Surveys of public opinion taken over the past four years by commercial polling firms and the media--and by the federal government itself—consistently find that the American people treasure the heritage of wilderness on their public lands.

The American people want to see more of their federal lands preserved as wilderness—consistently and by wide margins.

This report is based on a comprehensive review of public opinion polls concerning wilderness taken in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. In this first review of its kind, we sought to include all credible polling touching on wilderness. The support for preserving wilderness—and more of it—is highly consistent through them all. The findings of polls by commercial firms and the media are confirmed by academic surveys and, most notably, in intensive polling done by the U.S. government.

Spotlight on Mental Health

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Learn the Basics of Broadband from Our Limited Series

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How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

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What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.

Explore Pew’s new and improved
Fiscal 50 interactive

Your state's stats are more accessible than ever with our new and improved Fiscal 50 interactive:

  • Maps, trends, and customizable charts
  • 50-state rankings
  • Analysis of what it all means
  • Shareable graphics and downloadable data
  • Proven fiscal policy strategies


Welcome to the new Fiscal 50

Key changes include:

  • State pages that help you keep track of trends in your home state and provide national and regional context.
  • Interactive indicator pages with highly customizable and shareable data visualizations.
  • A Budget Threads feature that offers Pew’s read on the latest state fiscal news.

Learn more about the new and improved Fiscal 50.