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 Results From Our Presidential Poll - New!
 

Survey Number Seven - Best Presidential CandidateSeptember 9 to November 6, 2000

This survey is now closed.

We want to start off our analysis by clearly stating that OutdoorPlaces.Com does not support, endorse, or recommend any one Presidential candidate.  This poll is completely unscientific and strictly for entertainment purposes.  OutdoorPlaces.Com is not part of, nor does it knowingly contribute to any PAC.

Ralph Nader was never strong in our poll, but jumped almost a full percentage point during it's last week.  Buchanan has always been at the bottom of the pile, below none, other and undecided, which also dropped almost a full percentage point during the last week.

George W. Bush wasn't always so far behind Al Gore in our survey.  As a matter of fact when Bush announced his plans for restoring the National Parks in late September he pulled ahead of Gore by as much as five percentage points.  However during the Presidential debates when Bush advocated oil exploration and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, closing of some National Parks, and an end to the roadless initiative, he plummeted in our poll ending up with about 36-1/2% of the vote.

It seems as though people voting on our poll felt that Al Gore would be the best steward for our public lands with almost 52% of the total vote.  The voting here does not reflect the national campaign polls in anyway, but again our poll is unscientific.  In another 24 hours, we'll know who the new leader is going to be for the next four years.
  

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Snomobiles in Yellowstone - OutdoorPlaces.ComJanuary 19, 2000 to February 7, 2000

This survey is now closed.

2,721 respondents.  Almost 60% voted that snowmobiles should not be banned from Yellowstone National Park.  It should be noted that the surveys run on OutdoorPlaces.Com have no scientific weight or meaning, and are meant for entertainment purposes.

This was a very controversial topic and when we started the survey we had no idea how hot this topic really was.  Both sides of this issue lobbied heavily to vote for their side of the cause.  Presently the political scene indicates that more restrictions or an outright ban of ORV's within Yellowstone National Park are almost inevitable.

Editors Note:  In April of 2000 the NPS did announce what is effectively a ban on snowmobiles in National Parks based on two laws, one passed in 1972 and the other in 1977.

 
Crowded National Parks - OutdoorPlaces.Com February 7, 2000 to April 10, 2000

This survey is now closed.

311 respondents.  63% voted that our National Parks are becoming too crowded.  There have been several feature stories on this and on how we are loving our parks to death.  Those at highest risk are Yosemite, the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Great Smokey, Zion, Acadia, and certain parts of Yellowstone.

The National Park Service will have a very tricky job of balancing open access to the parks while protecting and preserving the peace, quiet, and natural wonder people go to our National Treasures to see in the first place.  Several suggestions of lottery systems and once in a lifetime visitation have been proposed.  Only time will tell ultimately what is best for our parks.

 
Where Are You Going - OutdoorPlaces.Com April 11, 2000 to April 28, 2000

This survey is now closed.

219 respondents.  We will pick more controversial surveys, promise!  With only 219 people responding an overwhelming majority said they were going to a National Park this summer for vacation, over 32% of you.  Almost 16% of you plan to go to a resort.  We found it very interesting that almost 6% don't know where they are going on vacation, and an equal number are going to a theme park (a la Disney World, Colonial Williamsburg, etc.).

Over 4% of you have other plans and almost 3% do not plan to travel at all this summer.  With gasoline prices still sky high across the country, and the last twenty years being the warmest in world history, this is the perfect spring and summer to get out and discover the great outdoors.  Hiking, mountain biking, climbing and paddling all require foot, leg, arm and hand power, but don't require a lot of gasoline or horsepower to get where you are going.  We've got the message by the low response, and we will stay away from, "touchy, feely," surveys like this in the future.

 
Where Are You Going - OutdoorPlaces.Com April 29, 2000 to June 4, 2000

This survey is now closed.

We figured that having Bill Clinton in the survey would add some ire to the survey.  With 638 respondents over 52% of you did not feel that President Clinton had abused the Federal Antiquities Act of 1906.  A little more than 44% of you felt he had, and a small percentage of you weren't sure or didn't have an opinion.

The Federal Antiquities Act was created in 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt to give the US President rubber stamp authority to create a National Monument on unique land that was in danger of destruction from man.  Every president since Roosevelt with exception of Nixon and Bush Sr. has used the act.  Former President Jimmy Carter set aside over 50 million acres during his four years in office, most in Alaska, giving him the distinction of setting more land aside than any other US President through the Federal Antiquities Act.  If President Clinton goes forward with the four additional recommendations he received in Washington, Oregon and Colorado, we would fall in a distant second place.

 

June 5, 2000 to July 29, 2000

This survey is now closed.

Well I am sure glad that I'm not Park Superintendent Roy Weaver.  An overwhelming majority, over 67% of you said that the Park Superintendent is responsible for the Bandelier National Monument controlled burn that went out of control.  An interesting point is 10% of your felt that no one was to blame, and the fire was just an Act of God, and a case of bad circumstances for the National Park Service.  Almost 13% of you put the blame on Washington D. C. policy makers with Secretary Bruce Babbitt and President Clinton sharing an equal amount of blame.  A small percentage, 3% put the blame on the efforts of fire fighters.

The National Park Service has their hands full this summer.  At the time of this writing the Park Service is in what they call fire preparedness stage five.  This means there are no more reserves - every man, every aircraft and every truck is on the line fighting a wildfire somewhere in the United States.  With the summer of 2000 the hottest and one of the driest in US history, a total of 750,000 acres are burning today.  That would be equal to Badlands National Park times three!  The Cerro Grande wildfire in New Mexico was only the start, and if weather forecasters are right, it is only going to get worse as the summer of 2000 continues.

 

Survey Number Six - How Do You Get Around In A ParkJuly 30, 2000 to September 8, 2000

This survey is now closed.

We are not shocked by the results of this survey.  Of 523 respondents a majority of you, almost 51%, said that when you get to your favorite park you get around using your own two feet.  The surprise came with the percentage that gets around by car.  Only 20% of respondents say that their personal car is their mode of transport in a park.

Although shuttle buses aren't widely used in our parks yet, 13% of you said that you take shuttle buses.  A little more than 6% visit a park to paddle, a little more than 3% on horseback.  A little more than 2% use other forms of transportation like personal water craft or snowmobiles.

One of our observations is that no one voted for getting around in a wheelchair.  Either we still have a way to go for equal access in our parks, or we need to do more feature stories for the handicapped.  Thanks for all of the votes on the survey - be looking for more in the near future and be sure to check back here often.