Most Americans support preventing animals from going extinct, but far fewer favor efforts to bring back species that are already extinct.
It turns out that many folks agree that we need to let things be. In this situation, we’re talking about those that are extinct.
A new YouGov survey asked Americans for their opinions on preserving endangered species or even trying to bring back extinct species. Well, the findings suggest that those living in the U.S. prefer to leave things in the past.
Here’s more details about what the survey found:
“Nearly three-quarters (74%) of U.S. adult citizens strongly or somewhat support scientists trying to prevent animal species from going extinct. Far fewer (11%) are strongly or somewhat opposed, and 15% say they are unsure.
But bringing back extinct animals is a different story. Only one-third (32%) of Americans say they would strongly or somewhat support scientists trying to do this. Far more (45%) say they are somewhat or strongly opposed to this idea. Men (37%) are more likely than women (27%) to say they would support scientists trying to bring back extinct species using genetic science.”
Most Americans support preventing animals from going extinct, but far fewer favor efforts to bring back species that are already extinct
“Just one in 10 Americans (10%) would bring back the tyrannosaurus rex, while 11% would bring back the pterodactyl and 12% would reintroduce the triceratops. About seven in 10 Americans would not want these dinosaurs brought back and released in their original habitats.”
Half (50%) of Americans say that if it were possible to bring back extinct species, the giant tortoise should be reintroduced in their original habitat. There still are some giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands, but several species have gone extinct.
Additionally, around two in five (39%) would bring back the dodo bird and 37% would reintroduce the Caribbean monk seal.
When asked if people would want to bring back the T-Rex, the towering giant has a pretty big fanbase.
Methodology: This U.S. News survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 1,000 U.S. adult citizens interviewed online between April 13 – 19, 2022. This sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, and education based on the 2018 American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as news interest and 2020 Presidential votes (or non-votes). Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel to be representative of all U.S. citizens. The margin of error is approximately 3.3% for the entire sample.