The poll, commissioned by the Sierra Club, Appalachian Mountain Advocates, and Earthjustice, found that 57 percent of voters oppose MTR. Only 20 percent support the destructive practice of mining coal through topographical alteration, which causes biodiversity loss and human health impacts.
The survey also revealed that attitudes towards MTR crosses typical political boundaries. More than 50 percent of respondents from each political affiliation—Democratic, Independent, and Republican—opposed MTR.
These surprising findings grabbed the attention of several outlets, such as the Associated Press, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Charleston Gazette, Grist, Register Herald, and Greenwire/EE News.
Check out the polling document here and the polling memo here. Read Sierra Club’s press release about the poll here.