In 2014, the Center for Survey Research at Penn State Harrisburg completed a statewide survey of 606 Pennsylvanians to assess public support for increasing state funds to conserve and protect open space, clean water, natural areas, wildlife habitats, parks, historic sties, forests, and farms. The survey results showed overwhelming public support throughout the state and among all demographic groups for both continuing existing dedicated state funding for conservation as well as increasing state funding for land and water conservation, even if that meant a small increase in taxes.
Overall, the vast majority of Pennsylvanians surveyed (97.4%) think that state funds dedicated to preserving farmland and open space, providing parks and trails, and protecting rivers and streams should continue to be used for these purposes. This represents an increase over the 92.1% who agreed when the same question was polled in 2012.
Over three-quarters (82.6%) of respondents would support increasing state funds to conserve and protect open space, clean water, natural areas, wildlife habitats, parks, historic sites, forests, and farms, even if it would cost the average household $10 more annually. This represents an increase over the 77.7% support found when the same question was polled in 2012.