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UWS survey examines public sentiment about mining
Business owners would like to see an iron mine in northwestern Wisconsin but other residents generally oppose the concept, concluded a University of Wisconsin-Superior public opinion survey.
Unveiled Friday by UWS undergraduate student Aleksei Bogdanov and Zamira Simkins, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics, the survey includes a random sampling plus responses from anyone who followed an Internet link.
Key findings said:
• 44.12 percent said they were absolutely opposed o a mine and 17.65 percent were generally opposted.
• Most said the mine would negatively impact local transportation infrastructure and environment.
• Most believe a mine would have a somewhat impact on the local economy, businesses and employment.
• About 86 percent said they wouldn’t be interested in working at a mine.
A breakdown of responses showed that “self-selected” participants (those who took the Internet-based survey) were more negative compared to the random sample,” Simkins told BusinessNorth in an e-mail. For that reason, they dubbed the survey “relatively unbiased.”
The data was acquired between July 16 and Aug. 19 and included 893 self-reported surveys and 102 from residents contacted at random.
The decision on whether or not the mine advances will not be made based on public opinion but rather on compliance with state and federal environmental and other regulations.
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