Most Utah residents back public lands challenge

Saturday , April 14, 2012 - 4:34 PM

Public Lands Utah

This May 30, 1997 file photo shows the varied terrain of Grand Staircase-Escalante National...

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SALT LAKE CITY — A statewide poll shows most Utah residents support a bill recently signed by Gov. Gary Herbert that challenges the federal control of public lands in the state.

The survey (http://bit.ly/HCbMoG ) found 64 percent back the Legislature’s demand that the federal government relinquish millions of acres of land within the state by 2014.

Twenty-three percent oppose the legislation, and 13 percent are undecided.

Eighty-four percent of Republicans and 59 percent of independents support the bill, while only 15 percent of Democrats back it.

Legislative attorneys have warned the bill has a high probability of being declared unconstitutional.

The telephone survey of 625 registered voters was conducted Monday through Wednesday by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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