Unnatural Divides: The connections between environmental values and political ideology in the 2018 NY-24 Congressional election

Authors: Chloe Coffman*, SUNY-ESF, Elizabeth Vidon, SUNY-ESF
Topics: Political Geography, Environmental Perception
Keywords: politics, election, environmental values, land management, conservation
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Palladian, Omni, West
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Political partisan divides in the U.S. are resulting in extreme contention, amongst both elected officials and American citizens. This is starkly observed in trends around environmental opinion, namely over the last 30 years, resulting in an increasing lack of significant and crucial environmental protections. To subvert this trend, it is crucial to understand the connections between political ideology and American environmental valuations. This research project explores the political ideologies of politically active people in Upstate New York in the context of the 2018 Congressional Midterm election. It considers the importance of environmental values to political identity and ideology, namely around land conservation initiatives both in New York state and across the country. This qualitative study will help to inform the possible avenues to political change around environmental policy in the United States.

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