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ONLY 6 PERCENT OF CALIFORNIA VOTERS WOULD SACRIFICE 10,000 JOBS OR MORE TO PROTECT ENDANGERED SPECIES, POLL SAYS

ONLY 6 PERCENT OF CALIFORNIA VOTERS WOULD SACRIFICE 10,000 JOBS
 OR MORE TO PROTECT ENDANGERED SPECIES, POLL SAYS
 WASHINGTON, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Only 6 percent of California voters surveyed indicated that they would accept the sacrifice of 10,000 or more jobs to protect endangered species, according to a poll released today by the Timber Industry Labor Management Committee (LMC). The poll was conducted by Political/Media Research, Inc., of Washington, D.C.
 Fifty-five percent of California voters polled believe that the potential loss of a single job is not an acceptable cost of protecting endangered species.
 "The poll we are releasing today proves that voters in California agree with organized labor's belief that protecting workers is as important as protecting endangered species," said Denny Scott, staff economist for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA). "The results of this poll, along with others we have conducted in Oregon and Washington state, send a clear message to Congress: People Count Too!"
 In March of 1992, the Labor Management Committee sponsored similar polls in Oregon and Washington that found only 4 percent of Oregon voters and only 8 percent of Washington voters would sacrifice 10,000 jobs or more to protect the Northern Spotted Owl.
 Mark Rey, executive director of the American Forest Resource Alliance, said: "As Congress debates legislation this month to resolve the controversy in the Pacific Northwest and northern California regarding the Northern Spotted Owl and old growth forests, the members need to hear the voices of those voters who are most affected by the conflict. Clearly, the vast majority of voters in the affected region want a solution that minimizes job loss."
 Rey noted that two timber supply-related bills currently being considered in Congress -- one sponsored by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and another sponsored by Rep. Harold Volkmer (D-Mo.) -- would each result in the loss of more than 100,000 jobs throughout the region.
 "Our polls show that voters in California, Oregon and Washington think that job losses at anything close to this level are unacceptably high," said Rey. "These are not publicly supported alternatives."
 "Congress must quickly develop a fair, balanced solution to the timber supply crisis to end the suffering of forest products workers, their families and communities," added Scott. "We continue to stand ready to work with all parties seriously committed to finding this solution."
 The poll also showed that 78 percent of California voters believe that the Endangered Species Act should be amended to consider job protection and other human and economic costs along with species protection. Sixty-four percent of those polled said the act should be amended to give as much weight to job protection and other economic costs as to species protection.
 "The public has spoken," noted Scott. "The Endangered Species Act must be amended an re-authorized. We can no longer ignore the economic and human consequences of protecting threatened and endangered species. It's time our elected officials recognize that we must balance environmental concerns with economic realities."
 The Political/Media Research, Inc., poll surveyed by telephone a total of 808 registered California voters statewide from April 30 through May 4, 1992. Those interviewed were selected by random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. This list was cross-referenced to reflect a representative geographic distribution of voters registered throughout the state. The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
 The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, headquartered in Washington, D.C., represents 600,000 workers throughout the nation.
 The American Forest Resource Alliance, representing the forest products industry, is also headquartered in Washington, D.C.
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