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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has released the results of a poll showing strong support for clean-up efforts and little desire for delay.

With the governor's race in full swing, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation decided to survey likely Virginia voters  to see what they want from candidates.  Two pollsters who work for Republicans and Democrats questioned more than 600 people and found more than 90 percent support the Commonwealth's plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

Eighty-six percent say it should be a priority. Voters also believe that restoration of the Bay will have significant economic benefits for the state. Forty-eight percent think it will create jobs, while 15 percent suppose it will hurt employment. 

Just 22 percent of those surveyed would support a candidate who wants to delay bay clean up to focus on other issues like the economy.

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