Public Distrust of Development in U.S. Grows; First Time in Two Years

The Saint ReportNews 2008, saintblog0 Comments

Winter 2008 Land Development

THE NATIONWIDE THEME OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC SEEMS TO BE: NO NEW DEVELOPMENT, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST DATA FROM THE SAINT CONSULTING COMPANY.

Our firm’s latest Saint Index© found that 78 percent of Americans believe new development should not occur in their hometowns—which is up 5 points from the 2006 survey, after holding steady for two years.

The most significant overall finding, however, was that Americans are far more willing to fight than support local development projects. The survey found that just under a quarter (24 percent) of Americans say they or a family member have actively opposed development and 30 percent belong to the most vocal group, which is individuals aged 56–65

Public Distrust of Development in U.S. Grows; First Time in Two Years

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