The good news: A survey of 800 voters nationwide found that 79 percent favor “stronger national standards to protect our land, air, and water.”

The bad news: Only 22 percent said environmental issues played a major role in their recent voting.

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William K. Reilly, former EPA head and chair of the Duke University Nicholas Institute responsible for the poll, states the obvious: “There is a clear disconnect here.”

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