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ON MONDAY: THE VOTING ON THIS HORRIBLE BILL BEGINS. CALL YOUR WI REPS and ask them to vote NO.

A new poll shows that public opposition to the provisions of the Open-Pit Mining Bill (SB 1/AB 1) has grown significantly since last year. Wisconsin voters oppose the bill by a 33% margin (62-29). Opposition has increased 20 points since last year with undecideds having shifted into the opposition camp. Those voters who consider themselves “independent” opposed the bill by a 44% margin. Support for the bill among Republicans has also dropped.

The poll also tested:

Whether mining companies should be allowed to fill wetlands with waste and other materials (Oppose 67-24).

Whether the amount of money the DNR can collect from mining companies for permit reviews should be capped (Oppose 78-13).

Whether the role of legislators is to bring jobs to the state no matter the cost to the environment or to balance jobs at environmental concerns (Balance 77-18).

How concerned voters are that the mining company played a key role in writing the Open-Pit Mining Bill (Concerned 77-20).

The only question now is whether legislators will stand with the Wisconsinites they represent or an out-of-state mining company.

The poll by Public Policy Polling surveyed 911 Wisconsin voters on February 18th and 19th, exactly one year since a similar poll was conducted. The margin of error is +/-3%.