The ADK Works campaign has released the results of its public opinion survey gauging the attitudes and opinions of Adirondack residents on the people and issues affecting their local communities, including the development of the Adirondack Club and Resort (ACR) project.
Two key findings from the survey reveal:
> 71 percent of Adirondack residents with a favorable opinion of Protect the Adirondacks support developing the ACR project.
> Nearly two-thirds of Adirondack residents support the ACR project (61 percent) with a majority (51 percent) naming an economic concern as “the biggest issue” facing their local community.
“Our survey confirms what many of us already know – that the Park-compatible ACR project is the right solution to reverse the trend of economic decline in the Adirondacks,” said Jim LaValley, ADK Works coalition coordinator. “With few options available to our communities to tackle a regional unemployment rate that is 10 percent higher than the state average, the public clearly supports responsibly harnessing our communities’ tourism potential to help protect the economic vitality of the Park.”
Conducted this fall, the survey sampled 300 residents living in Franklin and Essex counties who voted in one of the last two general elections (2010 or 2012).
The survey found strong support for the ACR project from 64 percent of those respondents identifying as Moderate, 62 percent as Conservative, and 55 percent as Liberal. Additionally, 58 percent of Republicans and 42 percent of Democrats cite economic issues such as unemployment and taxes as the biggest issues facing their communities. Among those in favor of the ACR project, more than 75 percent cite creating jobs and other economic reasons as the basis for their support. Among the 15 percent who oppose the ACR project, concerns about environmental impact ranks behind concerns regarding project size (20 percent) and aesthetic (11 percent) and is tied with concerns about the necessity of the project at nine percent. The ACR project underwent 10 years of thorough study and revision to make it Park-compatible, then received overwhelming approval by the APA, and now, according to LaValley, this survey serves as further confirmation: this is the right project, right now.” LaValley continued by saying “Despite receiving approval from the APA by a 10-to-1 vote nearly two years ago, the ACR project continues to languish in the courts due to legal roadblocks designed to block the project – and its benefits – from moving forward.” Launched by a coalition of residents, business owners and community organizations, the ADK Works campaign is collecting petition signatures to demonstrate broad support for the Park-compatible, APA-approved ACR project.