A new survey from environmental group Oceana says that Americans want to keep single-use plastics out of national parks.
The survey of 1,005 American adults conducted by the nonpartisan polling company Ipsos, released Jan. 13, found that 82 percent of American voters would support a decision by the U.S. National Park Service to stop selling and distributing single-use plastics at parks. That's only a hair lower than the 83 percent who said "it is important that national parks remain free of plastic trash," Oceana said in its news release.
That support for a ban comes from both political parties, with 90 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of Republicans backing a move to stop single-use plastics sales and distribution.
"The National Park Service was created to preserve these natural and historic spaces, and in order to truly uphold that purpose, it needs to ban the sale and distribution of single-use plastic items, many of which will end up polluting our environment for centuries to come despite being used for only a moment," Christy Leavitt, Oceana's plastics campaign director, said in the release.