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Appendix: Are Property Rights Popular?

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Appendix: Are Property Rights Popular?

Seasholes Chapter in The Property Rights Reader

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Conflicting sides in the property rights debate claim popular allegiance.  Yet there is not a wealth of publicly available polling data on property rights with which to evaluate the competing claims of public support.  Nonetheless, a review of public survey data over the past several years suggests that a majority of Americans support property rights in principle and believe that strong property rights protections do not conflict with sound environmental protection.