The Western Values Project released the results of a new poll showing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s popularity falling in his home state of Montana. The survey, conducted just after his recommendation to shrink national monuments was released, shows Zinke with a -10 job approval rating, down 7 percent since July. The poll surveyed 502 Montana registered voters from August 25-29.
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“The details of Secretary Zinke’s plan may be murky, but one thing is clear – the more Montanans learn about his proposal to shrink national monuments, the less they like it,” said Chris Saeger, Executive Director of the Western Values Project. “Access to public lands is essential to our economy and way of life in the West, and Secretary Zinke’s short-sighted actions are putting that at risk. Zinke may have forgotten his Montana values, but Montanans will not forget the choices he is making to hand over our public lands.”
Western Values Project is continuing a six-figure television and digital ad campaign targeting Zinke in his home state of Montana. Many other groups have also launched public education campaigns to hold the Secretary accountable for threatening access to public lands.
“If Secretary Zinke thinks he can bury a decision to gut national monuments and put this issue to bed then he is dead wrong,” added Saeger. “We will not stop holding him accountable for these irresponsible decisions until he gets on the side of the West and says ‘no’ to the special interests in Washington, D.C. asking him to hand over public lands.”