Exclusive Poll: Utahns Back Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative

60% of Utahns say they support Rep. Rob Bishop's effort to preserve some public lands while promoting energy development on others.

Our latest UtahPolicy.com poll conducted by Dan Jones and Associates finds 60% of Utahns favor Rep. Rob Bishop's Public Lands Initiative, which would consolodate some school trust lands in energy rich areas while preserving other land in more pristine locations. The plan also would speed up energy development in the Uintah Basin and other regions.

Bishop's office has held hundreds of meetings with stake holders on all sides of the issue including environmentalists and county officials to hopefully come to a compromise on public lands. 

Bishop hopes his initiative will help avoid the designation of a new national monument in Utah, specifically around Greater Canyonlands National Park. The same poll found 53% of Utahns oppose the creation of the Greater Canyonlands National Monument.