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Gallup Poll. March 8-11, 2012. N=1,024 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

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"How would you rate the overall quality of the environment in this country today -- as excellent, good, only fair, or poor?"

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Excellent Good Only fair Poor Unsure
% % % % %
3/8-11/12 6 38 45 10 1
3/3-6/11 7 38 43 11 -
3/4-7/10 4 42 44 9 1

3/5-8/09

5 34 45 16 -

3/6-9/08

5 35 49 11 -

3/11-14/07

5 35 48 11 1
3/13-16/06 5 35 49 11 -
3/7-10/05 4 37 48 10 1

3/8-11/04

4 39 46 11 -

3/3-5/03

5 36 48 10 1

3/4-7/02

4 43 45 7 1

3/5-7/01

5 41 47 6 1

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"Right now, do you think the quality of the environment in the country as a whole is getting better or getting worse?"

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Getting
better
Getting
worse
Same (vol.) Unsure

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% % % %

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3/8-11/12 42 49 7 2

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3/3-6/11 42 48 8 2

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3/4-7/10 41 48 8 3

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3/5-8/09

41 51 5 2

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3/6-9/08

26 68 5 1

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3/11-14/07

25 67 7 1

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3/13-16/06 25 67 6 2

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3/7-10/05 29 63 6 2

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3/8-11/04

34 58 6 2

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3/3-5/03

33 57 8 2

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3/4-7/02

40 54 4 2

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3/5-7/01

36 57 5 2

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"Next, I am going to read some specific proposals. For each one, please say whether you generally favor or oppose it. How about [see below]?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure

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% % %

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"Setting higher emissions and pollution standards for business and industry"

3/4-7/10 70 29 1

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"Imposing mandatory controls on carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases"

3/4-7/10 65 33 3

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"More strongly enforcing federal environmental regulations"

3/4-7/10 64 33 2

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"Setting higher auto emissions standards for automobiles"

3/4-7/10 62 37 1

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"I'm going to read you a list of environmental problems. As I read each one, please tell me if you personally worry about this problem a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or not at all. How much do you personally worry about global warming?"

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A great deal A fair amount Only a little Not at all Unsure
% % % % %
3/8-11/12 30 25 22 23 1
3/3-6/11 25 26 20 28 1
3/4-7/10 28 24 19 29 -

3/5-8/09

33 27 20 20 1

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"Next, thinking about the issue of global warming, how well do you feel you understand this issue -- would you say very well, fairly well, not very well, or not at all?"

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Very well Fairly well Not very well Not at all

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% % % %

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3/8-11/12 29 55 12 4

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3/3-6/11 25 55 15 4

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3/4-7/10 26 56 15 3

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3/6-9/08 21 59 18 2

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3/11-14/07 22 54 19 4

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3/13-16/06 21 53 20 6

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"Which of the following statements reflects your view of when the effects of global warming will begin to happen? They have already begun to happen. They will start happening within a few years. They will start happening within your lifetime. They will not happen within your lifetime, but they will affect future generations. OR, They will never happen." Options rotated

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Already
happening
Within a
few years
Within your
lifetime
Future
generations
Never
% % % % %
3/8-11/12 52 4 10 15 15
3/3-6/11 49 4 9 17 18
3/4-7/10 50 3 10 16 19

3/5-8/09

53 5 10 15 16

3/6-9/08

61 4 10 13 11
3/23-25/07 60 4 7 15 11
3/11-14/07 59 3 8 19 8
3/13-16/06 58 5 10 15 8

3/7-10/05

54 5 10 19 9

3/8-11/04

51 5 12 18 11

3/3-5/03

51 6 12 17 10

3/4-7/02

53 5 13 17 9

3/5-7/01

54 4 13 18 7

11/6-9/97

48 3 14 19 9

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"Thinking about what is said in the news, in your view, is the seriousness of global warming generally exaggerated, generally correct, or is it generally underestimated?" Options rotated

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Exaggerated Correct Under-
estimated
Unsure

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% % % %

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3/8-11/12 42 24 31 3

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3/3-6/11 43 26 29 3

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3/4-7/10 48 24 25 3

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3/5-8/09

41 29 28 2

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3/6-9/08

35 33 29 2

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3/11-14/07 33 29 35 4

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3/13-16/06 30 28 38 4

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"Just your impression, which one of the following statements do you think is most accurate? Most scientists believe that global warming is occurring. Most scientists believe that global warming is NOT occurring. OR, Most scientists are unsure about whether global warming is occurring or not."

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Is
occurring
Is not
occurring
Are unsure No opinion

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% % % %

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3/8-11/12 58 7 32 3

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3/3-6/11 55 8 33 4

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3/4-7/10 52 10 36 2

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3/6-9/08

65 7 26 3

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3/13-16/06 65 3 29 3

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3/5-7/01

61 4 30 5

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11/21-23/97

48 7 39 6

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"And from what you have heard or read, do you believe increases in the Earth's temperature over the last century are due more to the effects of pollution from human activities, or natural changes in the environment that are not due to human activities?" Options rotated

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Human
activities
Natural
changes
Unsure

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% % %

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3/8-11/12 53 41 6

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3/3-6/11 52 43 5

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3/4-7/10 50 46 5

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3/6-9/08

58 38 5

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3/11-14/07 61 35 5

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3/13-16/06 58 36 6

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3/3-5/03

61 33 6

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"Do you think that global warming will pose a serious threat to you or your way of life in your lifetime?"

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Yes No Unsure

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% % %

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3/8-11/12 38 61 1

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3/4-7/10 32 67 2

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3/5-8/09

38 60 2

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3/6-9/08

40 58 2

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3/13-16/06

35 62 2

.

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3/4-7/02

33 65 2

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3/5-7/01

31 66 3

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11/6-9/97

25 69 6

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Pew Research Center. Nov. 9-14, 2011. N=2,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

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"From what you've read and heard, is there solid evidence that the average temperature on earth has been getting warmer over the past few decades, or not?" If yes: "Do you believe that the earth is getting warmer mostly because of human activity such as burning fossil fuels, OR, mostly because of natural patterns in the earth's environment?" Options rotated

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Yes: Human
activity
Yes: Natural
patterns
Yes: Don't
know why
No Mixed (vol.)/
Unsure
% % % % %

11/9-14/11

38 18 6 28 9

2/22 - 3/1/11

36 18 5 34 7

10/13-18/10

34 18 6 32 9

9/30 - 10/4/09

36 16 6 33 10

4/08

47 18 6 21 8

1/07

47 20 10 16 7

8/06

47 20 10 17 6

7/06

50 23 6 17 4

6/06

41 21 8 20 10

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"In your view, is global warming a very serious problem, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not a problem?"

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Very
serious
Somewhat
serious
Not too
serious
Not a
problem
Unsure
% % % % %

11/9-14/11

38 27 16 17 2

10/13-18/10

32 31 16 18 3

9/30 - 10/4/09

35 30 15 17 3

4/28 - 5/12/09

47 26 11 13 2

4/08

44 29 13 11 3

1/07

45 32 12 8 3

7/06

43 36 11 9 1

6/06

41 33 13 11 2

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. April 9-10, 2011. N=824 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

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"Would you favor legislation that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from spending any money to enforce regulations on greenhouse gases and other environmental issues, or do you think the federal government should continue to provide funding to the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce those regulations?"

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Prevent EPA
from spending
Continue
funding
Unsure
% % %

4/9-10/11

28 71 1

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 11-13, 2010. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

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"Would you favor or oppose Congress passing new legislation this year that would do the following? How about regulate energy output from private companies in an attempt to reduce global warming?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

6/11-13/10

56 40 4

 

Pew Research/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. June 10-13, 2010. N=1,010 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

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"Right now, which ONE of the following do you think should be the more important priority for U.S. energy policy: keeping energy prices low or protecting the environment?" Options rotated

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Energy prices Environment Unsure
% % %
6/10-13/10 37 56 8

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"Thinking about the regulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, whose judgment do you trust more when it comes to deciding whether the United States should regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases: the Obama administration or Republicans in Congress?" Options rotated

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Obama
administration
Republicans
in Congress
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
6/10-13/10 42 33 1 15 10

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 3-6, 2010. N=1,004 adults nationwide.

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"Do you think the federal government should or should not regulate the release of greenhouse gases from sources like power plants, cars and factories in an effort to reduce global warming?" Half sample

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

6/3-6/10

71 26 4    

Democrats

81 16 2    

Republicans

55 39 5    

Independents

69 27 3    

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12/10-13/09

65 29 6    

6/18-21/09

75 22 3    

4/21-24/09

75 21 4    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. May 24-25, 2010. N=1,049 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

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"With which one of these statements about the environment and the economy do you most agree? Protection of the environment should be given priority, even at the risk of curbing economic growth. OR, Economic growth should be given priority, even if the environment suffers to some extent." Options rotated

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Environment Economic
growth
Equal
priority (vol.)
Unsure

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% % % %

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5/24-25/10 50 43 4 3

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3/4-7/10 38 53 4 5

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3/5-8/09

42 51 5 3

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3/6-9/08

49 42 5 3

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3/11-14/07

55 37 4 4

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3/13-16/06 52 37 6 4

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3/7-10/05 53 36 7 4

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3/8-11/04

49 44 4 3

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3/3-5/03

47 42 7 4

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3/4-7/02

54 36 5 5

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3/5-7/01

57 33 6 4

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4/3-9/00

67 28 2 3

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1/13-16/00

70 23 - 7

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4/13-14/99

67 28 - 5

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3/12-14/99

65 30 - 5

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4/5-8/90

71 19 - 10

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9/28 - 10/1/84

61 28 - 11

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Virginia Commonwealth University Life Sciences Survey. May 12-18, 2010. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.7.

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"As I mention each area, please tell me if you believe this represents a major problem, a minor problem or not a problem at all for the country today. Global warming."

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Major
problem
Minor
problem
Not a
problem at all
Unsure
% % % %

5/12-18/10

54 23 19 5

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"Which of the following statements comes closest to your view of global warming? Global warming is a proven fact and is mostly caused by emissions from cars and industrial facilities such as power plants and factories. Global warming is a proven fact caused mostly by natural changes that have nothing to do with emissions from cars and industrial facilities. Global warming is a theory that has not yet been proven."

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Fact: Cars,
industry
Fact: Natural
changes
An unproven
 theory
Unsure
% % % %

5/12-18/10

48 16 29 7

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"Would you say the federal government is currently doing too much, too little or about the right amount to reduce global warming?"

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Too much Too little About right Unsure
% % % %

5/12-18/10

17 51 23 10

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"How much do you think government regulations to reduce global warming will help: a lot, some, not too much, or not at all?"

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A lot Some Not too much Not at all Unsure
% % % % %

5/12-18/10

22 39 15 19 4

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"From what you’ve heard or read, do you think the evidence on global warming is widely accepted within the scientific community, or do many scientists have serious doubts about it?"

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Widely
accepted
Many have
serious doubts
Unsure
% % %

5/12-18/10

37 49 14

 

CBS News Poll. March 29-April 1, 2010. N=858 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

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"Do you think the condition of the environment for the next generation will be better, worse, or about the same as it is now?"

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Better Worse Same Unsure
% % % %
3/29 - 4/1/10 16 49 33 2

4/20-24/07

11 57 29 3

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. March 19-21, 2010. N=1,030 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling environmental policy?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

3/19-21/10

55 37 8    

10/30 - 11/1/09

62 33 5    

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"With which one of these statements about the environment and the economy do you most agree? Protection of the environment should be given priority, even at the risk of curbing economic growth. OR, Economic growth should be given priority, even if the environment suffers to some extent." N=501 (Form A), MoE ± 4.5

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Give
environment
priority
Give
economic
growth priority
Both equally
(vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

3/19-21/10

45 51 3 1  

Democrats

59 36      

Independents

40 56      

Republicans

26 70      

18-49 years old

51 47      

50 & older

37 58      

.

6/26-29/08

49 44 6 1  

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"Do you think that the environmental laws and regulations that are currently on the books are adequate, should go further than they do, or have they gone too far already?" N=529 (Form B), MoE ± 4.5

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Adequate Should go
further
Have gone
too far
Unsure  
% % % %  

3/19-21/10

26 43 29 2  

 

Gallup Poll. March 4-7, 2010. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

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"Do you believe that new environmental and energy laws designed to reduce global warming will definitely hurt the economy, probably hurt the economy, have no effect either way on the economy, probably help the economy, or definitely help the economy?" Options rotated

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Definitely
hurt
Probably
hurt
Have no
effect
Probably
help
Definitely
help
% % % % %

3/4-7/10

20 29 18 24 6

12/11-13/09

19 23 17 27 9

 

Pew Research Center Poll. Feb. 3-9, 2010. N=678 adults nationwide.

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"How much, if anything, have you heard about a policy being considered by the president and Congress called 'Cap-and-Trade' that would set limits on carbon dioxide emissions? Have you heard a lot, a little, or nothing at all?"

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A lot A little Nothing Unsure
% % % %

2/3-9/10

17 37 46 1

9/30 - 10/4/09

14 30 55 1

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"From what you've read and hear/Just in general, do you favor or oppose setting limits on carbon dioxide emissions and making companies pay for their emissions, even if it may mean higher energy prices?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

2/3-9/10

52 35 13

9/30 - 10/4/09

50 39 11

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Dec. 11-14, 2009. N=1,008 adults nationwide.

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"I'm going to read you two statements. Please tell me whether the first statement or the second statement comes closer to your own view, even if neither is exactly right. Statement A: Global warming is caused more by human actions than by naturally occurring forces. Statement B: Global warming is caused more by naturally occurring forces than by human actions." Half sample (Form B), MoE ± 4.4

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Human
actions
Natural
forces
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
12/11-14/09 74 20 2 2 2

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Dec. 11-13, 2009. N=1,025 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

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"As you may know, representatives from around the world are gathering for a United Nations conference on global climate change in Copenhagen. Do you favor or oppose the U.S. signing a binding global treaty at the Copenhagen meeting that would require the U.S. to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions?"

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Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

12/11-13/09

55 38 7    

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"Which do you think should be a higher priority for the Obama administration right now: taking major steps to improve the U.S. economy, or taking major steps to reduce global warming?" Options rotated. N=498 (Form A), MoE ± 5.

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Improve
economy
Reduce global
warming
Unsure    
% % %    

12/11-13/09

85 12 3    

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"Which worries you more: that the U.S. will NOT take the actions necessary to prevent the catastrophic effects of global warming because of fears those actions would harm the economy, or that the U.S. WILL take actions to protect against global warming and those actions will cripple the U.S. economy?" Options rotated. N=527 (Form B), MoE ± 5.

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Will not
take actions
Will
take actions
Unsure    
% % %    

12/11-13/09

38 46 16    

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"Do you believe that new environmental and energy laws designed to reduce global warming will definitely hurt the economy, probably hurt the economy, have no effect either way on the economy, probably help the economy, or definitely help the economy?" Options rotated

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%    

Definitely hurt

19    

Probably hurt

23    

Have no effect

17    

Probably help

27    

Definitely help

9    

Unsure

5    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Dec. 10-13, 2009. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling global warming?" Half sample

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

12/10-13/09

45 39 15    

6/18-21/09

54 28 17    

4/21-24/09

61 23 16    

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"What if that significantly lowered greenhouse gases but raised your monthly energy expenses by 10 dollars a month? In that case, do you think the government should or should not regulate the release of greenhouse gases?" Half sample

.

Should Should not Unsure    
% % %    

12/10-13/09

60 37 3    

.

"What if that significantly lowered greenhouse gases but raised your monthly energy expenses by 25 dollars a month? In that case, do you think the government should or should not regulate the release of greenhouse gases?" Half sample

.

Should Should not Unsure    
% % %    

12/10-13/09

55 42 3    

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"It's been proposed that the United States and other developed countries contribute 10 billion dollars a year to help developing countries pay for reducing the amount of greenhouse gases they release. Is this something you support or oppose?" Half sample

.

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

12/10-13/09

39 57 4    

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"How much do you trust the things that scientists say about the environment: completely, a lot, a moderate amount, a little, or not at all?"

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Completely A lot A moderate
amount
A little Not at all
% % % % %

12/10-13/09

10 19 30 26 14

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"Do you think most scientists agree with one another about whether or not global warming is happening, or do you think there is a lot of disagreement among scientists on this issue?" Options rotated

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Most Agree A lot of
disagreement
Unsure    
% % %    

12/10-13/09

36 62 2    

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Dec. 8-9, 2007. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

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"Do you believe global warming exists?"

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Yes No Unsure

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% % %

.

12/8-9/09

63 33 4

.

Democrats

83 13 5

.

Republicans

46 51 3

.

Independents

61 34 5

.

.

5/12-13/09

69 26 5

.

1/30-31/07

82 10 8

.

10/25-26/05

77 13 10

.

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Asked of those who believe global warming exists (N=568, MoE ± 4):
"Do you believe global warming is caused by normal climate patterns or by people's behavior, such as driving and burning too much fossil fuel like coal and oil?"

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Normal
Patterns
People's
Behavior
Both (vol.) Unsure

.

% % % %

.

12/8-9/09

17 53 29 2

.

5/12-13/09

15 54 28 3

.

1/30-31/07

14 41 38 8

.

10/25-26/05

17 46 30 6

.

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"Do you think the global warming situation is best described as a crisis, a major problem but not a crisis, a minor problem, or is it not a problem at all?"

.

A Crisis A Major
Problem
A Minor
Problem
Not a
Problem
Unsure
% % % % %

12/8-9/09

17 33 25 23 2

10/25-26/05

16 44 22 12 6

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Dec. 4-8, 2009. N=1,031 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

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"Which comes closer to your view? Global warming is a very serious problem and should be one of the highest priorities for government leaders. Global warming is serious but does not need to be a high priority. Global warming is not serious and can be addressed years from now."

.

One of Highest
Priorities
Serious, Not
High Priority
Not Serious,
Address Later
Not Serious,
Never Need to
Address (vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

12/4-8/09

37

33

23

4

3

4/20-24/07

52

37

8

1

2

.

"Often there are trade-offs or sacrifices people must make in deciding what is important to them. Generally speaking, when a trade-off has to be made, which is more important to you: stimulating the economy or protecting the environment?"

.

Stimulating
Economy
Protecting
Environment
Both (vol.) Unsure

%

%

%

%

12/4-8/09

61

29

8

2

1/11-15/09

58

33

8

1

4/20-24/07

36

52

8

4


 

Ipsos/McClatchy Poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Dec. 3-6, 2009. N=1,120 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 2.9.

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"You may have heard about the idea that the world's temperature may have been going up slowly over the past 100 years. What is your personal opinion on this? Do you think this has probably been happening, or do you think it probably has not been happening?"

.

Probably
Has
Probably
Has Not
Unsure    
% % %    

12/3-6/09

70 28 3    

.

If "Probably has" (N=769):
"Do you believe that the earth is getting warmer mostly because of human activity such as burning fossil fuels, OR, mostly because of natural patterns in the earth's environment?"

.

Human
Activity
Natural
Patterns
Unsure    
% % %    

12/3-6/09

61 34 5    

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"There's a proposed system called 'cap and trade' that some say would lower the pollution levels that lead to global warming. With Cap and Trade, The government would issue permits limiting the amount of greenhouse gases companies can put out. Companies that did not use all their permits could sell them to other companies. The idea is that many companies would find ways to put out less greenhouse gases, because that would be cheaper than buying permits. Would you support or oppose this system?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

12/3-6/09

52 41 7    

.

"What if a cap and trade program significantly lowered greenhouse gases but raised your monthly electrical bill by 10 dollars a month? In that case would you support or oppose it?" N=567

.

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

12/3-6/09

50 48 2    

.

"What if a cap and trade program raised your monthly electrical bill by 10 dollars a month but also created a significant number of 'GREEN' jobs in the United States? In that case would you support or oppose it?" N=567

.

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

12/3-6/09

69 29 2    

.

"What if a cap and trade program significantly lowered greenhouse gases but raised your monthly electrical bill by 25 dollars a month? In that case would you support or oppose it?" N=553

.

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

12/3-6/09

43 55 2    

.

"What if a cap and trade program raised your monthly electrical bill by 25 dollars a month but also created a significant number of 'GREEN' jobs in the United States? In that case would you support or oppose it?" N=553

.

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

12/3-6/09

60 36 4    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Dec. 2-3, 2009. Adults nationwide.

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"Which of the following statements comes closest to your view of global warming? Global warming is a proven fact and is mostly caused by emissions from cars and industrial facilities such as power plants and factories. Global warming is a proven fact and is mostly caused by natural changes that have nothing to do with emissions from cars and industrial facilities. Global warming is a theory that has not yet been proven." N=523 (Form A), MoE ± 4.5 overall

.

Fact: Cars,
Industry
Fact: Natural
Changes
An Unproven
Theory
Unsure  
% % % %  

12/2-3/09

45 23 31 1  

Democrats

68 18 14    

Republicans

25 27 47    

.

"Which of these positions do you agree with most? The United States should reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that may contribute to global warming even if it does so by itself. The United States should reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that may contribute to global warming only if other countries do so as well. The United States should not reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases regardless of what other countries do." N=518 (Form B), MoE ± 4.5

.

Reduce Even
If Alone
Reduce Only
with Others
Should Not
Reduce
Unsure  
% % % %  

12/2-3/09

58 17 24 2  

10/12-14/07

66 16 15 3  

 

Associated Press/Stanford University Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. Nov. 17-29, 2009. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.1.

.

"If nothing is done to reduce global warming in the future, how much do you think it will hurt future generations: a great deal, a lot, a moderate amount, a little or not at all?"

.

A Great Deal A Lot A Moderate
Amount
A Little Not at All
% % % % %

11/17-29/09

42 21 13 8 15

.

"Do you think most scientists agree with one another about whether or not global warming is happening, or do you think there is a lot of disagreement among scientists on this issue?"

.

Most Agree A Lot of
Disagreement
Unsure

.

% % %

.

11/17-29/09

31 66 2

.

.

"How much do you think the U.S. government should do about global warming: a great deal, quite a bit, some, a little, or nothing?"

.

A Great Deal Quite a Bit Some A Little Nothing
% % % % %

11/17-29/09

31 21 23 10 15

.

"How much do you think the U.S. government is doing now to deal with global warming: a great deal, quite a bit, some, a little, or nothing?"

.

A Great Deal Quite a Bit Some A Little Nothing
% % % % %

11/17-29/09

9 12 41 27 9

.

"Do you think that the United States doing things to reduce global warming in the future would cause there to be more jobs for people around the country, would cause there to be fewer jobs, or wouldn't affect the number of jobs for people around the country?"

.

More Fewer No Effect Unsure
% % % %

11/17-29/09

40 23 33 4

.

"Do you think that the United States doing things to reduce global warming in the future would hurt the U.S. economy, would help the economy, or would have no effect on the U.S. economy?"

.

Hurt Help No Effect Unsure
% % % %

11/17-29/09

27 46 24 3

.

"There's a proposed system called 'cap and trade.' The government would issue permits limiting the amount of greenhouse gases companies can put out. Companies that did not use all their permits could sell them to other companies. Companies that need more permits can buy them, or these companies can pay money to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that other people or organizations put out. This will cause companies to figure out the cheapest way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Would you favor or oppose this system?" N=503 (Form A)

.

Favor Oppose Unsure

.

% % %

.

11/17-29/09

58 37 5

.

.

"There's a proposed system called 'cap and trade.' The government would issue permits limiting the amount of greenhouse gases companies can put out. Companies that did not use all their permits could sell them to other companies. The idea is that many companies would find ways to put out less greenhouse gases, because that would be cheaper than buying permits. Would you favor or oppose this system?" N=502 (Form B)

.

Favor Oppose Unsure

.

% % %

.

11/17-29/09

50 47 3

.

.

"Do you think global warming can be reduced without people like you making major changes in your lifestyle, or only if people like you make major changes in your lifestyle?"

.

Without
Major Changes
Only With
Major Changes
Unsure Refused
% % % %

11/17-29/09

25 65 7 3

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Nov. 20-22, 2009. N=1,017 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

.

"Have you, personally, taken any steps this year to make your home more energy efficient, or not?"

.

Have Have not Unsure    
% % %    

11/20-22/09

68 32 1    

.

If have taken steps:
"Did you take steps to make your home more energy efficient mostly to save money or mostly to improve the environment?"
Options rotated

.

Save money Improve the
environment
Unsure    
% % %    

11/20-22/09

71 26 3    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Nov. 12-15, 2009. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

.

"You may have heard about the idea that the world's temperature may have been going up slowly over the past 100 years. What is your personal opinion on this? Do you think this has probably been happening, or do you think it probably has not been happening?"

.

Has Been Hasn't Been Unsure    
% % %    

11/12-15/09

72 26 2    

7/23-28/08

80 18 2    

4/5-10/07

84 13 3    
3/9-14/06 85 13 2    

.

If "Has probably been happening":
"How serious of a problem do you think global warming is right now: very serious, somewhat serious, not so serious or not serious at all?"

.

Very
Serious
Somewhat
Serious
Not So
Serious
Not Serious
at All
Unsure
% % % % %

11/12-15/09

44 38 11 6 -

7/23-28/08

38 46 10 5 1

.

"There's a proposed system called 'cap and trade.' The government would issue permits limiting the amount of greenhouse gases companies can put out. Companies that did not use all their permits could sell them to other companies. The idea is that many companies would find ways to put out less greenhouse gases, because that would be cheaper than buying permits. Would you support or oppose this system?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

11/12-15/09

53 42 5    

8/13-17/09

52 43 6    

6/18-21/09

52 42 6    

7/23-28/08

59 34 7    

.

"Do you think the United States should take action on global warming only if other major industrial countries such as China and India agree to do equally effective things, that the United States should take action even if these other countries do less, or that the United States should not take action on this at all?"

.

Action if
Others Agree
Action Even if
Others Do Less
No Action Unsure  
% % % %  

11/12-15/09

21 55 22 3  

6/18-21/09

20 59 18 3  

7/23-28/08

18 68 13 2  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Oct. 16-18, 2009. N=1,038 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

.

"Under a proposal called 'cap and trade,' the federal government would limit the amount of greenhouse gases that companies could produce in their factories or power plants. If companies exceeded those limits, they would either pay a fine or pay money to other companies that produced smaller amounts of greenhouse gases. Would you favor or oppose this proposal?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

10/16-18/09

60 37 3    

 

Pew Research Center survey. Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2009. N=1,500 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

.

"Do you think the United States should join other countries in setting standards to address global climate change, OR, the United States should set its own standards to address global climate change?" Options rotated

.

Join Other
Countries
Set Its Own
Standards
Neither (vol.) No Need/
No Climate
Change (vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

9/30 - 10/4/09

56 32 3 2 6

 

Bloomberg Poll conducted by Selzer & Co. Sept. 10-14, 2009. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.1.

.

"Do you believe climate change is a major threat, a minor threat, or no real threat?"

.

A Major
Threat
A Minor
Threat
No Real
Threat
Unsure  
% % % %  

9/10-14/09

40 31 27 2  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Aug. 13-17, 2009. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

.

"What if a cap and trade program significantly lowered greenhouse gases but raised your monthly electrical bill by 10 dollars a month? In that case would you support or oppose it?" Half sample

.

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

8/13-17/09

58 40 1    

6/18-21/09

56 42 2    

7/23-28/08

57 41 2    

.

"What if a cap and trade program significantly lowered greenhouse gases but raised your monthly electrical bill by 25 dollars a month? In that case would you support or oppose it?" Half sample

.

Support Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

8/13-17/09

39 59 1    

6/18-21/09

44 54 1    

7/23-28/08

47 51 2    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 18-21, 2009. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.

.

"Do you think the federal government should or should not regulate the release of greenhouse gases from sources like power plants, cars and factories in an effort to reduce global warming?"

.

Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

6/18-21/09

75 22 3    

.

Asked of those who answered "Should":
"What if it raised the price of things you buy? In that case do you think the federal government should or should not regulate the release of greenhouse gases?"

.

Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    

6/18-21/09

80 18 2    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. April 23-26, 2009. Adults nationwide.

.

"Which of the following statements comes closest to your view of global warming? Global warming is occurring and the federal government can take steps which would slow the rate of global warming or eventually stop it altogether. Global warming is occurring but the federal government cannot do anything to slow it down or stop it. Global warming is not occurring." N=1,005 (Form A), MoE ± 3

.

Government
Can Slow, Stop
Government
Can't Slow, Stop
Is Not
Occurring
Unsure  
% % % %  

4/23-26/09

54 27 17 2  

.

"A proposal called 'cap and trade' would allow the federal government to limit the emissions from industrial facilities such as power plants and factories that some people believe cause global warming. Companies that exceed the limit could avoid fines or higher taxes by paying money to other companies that produced fewer emissions than allowed. Would you favor or oppose this proposal?" N=1,014 (Form B), MoE ± 3

.

Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

4/23-26/09

44 51 5    

.

If favor 'cap and trade':
"Do you think the 'cap and trade' proposal would reduce global warming, or do you think it would help reduce air pollution in general but would not affect global warming directly?"

Combined responses to this question and preceding question. N=1,014 (Form B), MoE ± 3.

.

Favor:
Reduce Global
Warming
Favor:
Reduce
Air Pollution
Oppose Unsure  
% % % %  

4/23-26/09

18 23 51 8  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 21-24, 2009. N=1,072 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

.

"How concerned are you that federal regulation of greenhouse gases could substantially raise the price of things you have to pay for: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not so concerned or not concerned at all?"

.

Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not So
Concerned
Not at All
Concerned
Unsure
% % % % %

4/21-24/09

36 41 14 8 1

 

Marist College Poll. April 1-3, 2009. N=1,118 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

.

"Global warming refers to an increase in the Earth's air and water temperature by greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Do you think that global warming will be a major problem, a minor problem, or no problem at all for you in your lifetime?"

.

Major
Problem
Minor
Problem
Not a
Problem
   
% % %    

4/1-3/09

31 41 28    

.

"Do you think that global warming will be a major problem, a minor problem, or no problem at all for future generations?"

.

Major
Problem
Minor
Problem
Not a
Problem
   
% % %    

4/1-3/09

66 20 14    

.

"In general, do you think too much attention is given to the issue of global warming, not enough attention is given to it, or about the right amount of attention is given to the issue of global warming?"

.

Too Much Not Enough About Right    
% % %    

4/1-3/09

26 43 31    

.

"With which one of these statements about the environment and the economy do you most agree? Protection of the environment should be given priority even at the risk of slowing economic growth. Economic growth should be given priority, even if the environment suffers to some extent."

.

Environment
Should be
Given Priority
Growth
Should be
Given Priority
Unsure    
% % %    

4/1-3/09

39 49 12    

 

Gallup Poll. March 5-8, 2009. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

.

"Do you think Barack Obama will do a good job or a poor job in handling each of the following issues as president? How about protecting the nation's environment?"

.

Good Job Poor Job Fair/Mixed
(vol.)
Unsure

.

% % % %

.

3/5-8/09

79 14 4 3

.

.

"I'm going to read you a list of environmental problems. As I read each one, please tell me if you personally worry about this problem a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or not at all. How much do you personally worry about [see below]?"

.

Great Deal Fair Amount Only a Little Not at All

.

% % % %

.

.

"Pollution of drinking water"

3/5-8/09

59 25 11 5

.

3/6-9/08

53 28 13 6

.

3/11-14/07

58 24 12 5

.

3/13-16/06

54 27 12 7

.

3/8-11/04

53 24 17 6

.

.

"Pollution of rivers, lakes and reservoirs".

3/5-8/09

52 31 13 4

.

3/6-9/08

50 34 12 4

.

3/11-14/07

53 31 13 3

.

3/13-16/06

51 33 11 5

.

3/8-11/04

48 31 16 5

.

.

"Contamination of soil and water by toxic waste".

3/5-8/09

52 28 14 5

.

3/6-9/08

50 30 14 6

.

3/11-14/07

52 28 13 7

.

3/13-16/06

52 29 13 6

.

3/8-11/04

48 26 21 5

.

.

"Maintenance of the nation's supply of fresh water for household needs"

3/5-8/09

49 31 14 5

.

3/6-9/08

48 31 15 5

.

3/11-14/07

51 27 16 5

.

3/13-16/06

49 27 14 9

.

3/8-11/04

47 25 20 8

.

.

"Air pollution".

3/5-8/09

45 31 18 6

.

3/6-9/08

43 35 17 6

.

3/11-14/07

46 33 15 5

.

3/13-16/06

44 34 15 7

.

3/8-11/04

39 30 23 8

.

.

"The loss of tropical rain forests"

.

.

3/5-8/09

42 26 21 11

.

3/6-9/08

40 29 20 11

.

3/11-14/07

43 30 17 10

.

3/13-16/06

40 24 22 13

.

3/8-11/04

35 26 23 15

.

.

"Extinction of plant and animal species"

.

.

3/5-8/09

37 28 22 12

.

3/6-9/08

37 31 20 11

.

3/11-14/07

39 30 19 12

.

3/13-16/06

34 29 23 14

.

3/8-11/04

36 26 23 15

.

.

"The 'greenhouse effect,' or global warming" N=512 (Form A), MoE ± 5

3/5-8/09

35 25 20 19

.

3/6-9/08

37 29 16 17

.

3/11-14/07

41 24 18 16

.

3/13-16/06

36 26 21 15

.

3/8-11/04

26 25 28 19

.


 

ABC News/Planet Green/Stanford University poll. July 23-28, 2008. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

.

"How would you rate the condition of the natural environment in the world today: excellent, good, fair, poor, or very poor?"

.

Excellent Good Fair Poor Very Poor
% % % % %

7/23-28/08

3 21 38 28 9

4/5-10/07

3 20 41 26 9

3/9-14/06

3 21 43 25 8

.

"What in your opinion is the single biggest environmental problem the world faces at this time?" If "air pollution" or "pollution": "What about air pollution/pollution do you have in mind?"

.

7/23-28/08 4/5-10/07 3/9-14/07  
% % %  
Global warming/Climate change 25 33 16  
Air pollution 12 13 13  
Energy problems 11 7 10  
Pollution (misc.) 7 8 7  
Toxic substances in environment 6 6 7  
Water pollution 5 5 6  
Loss of habitat/Overdevelopment 4 4 7  
Waste/Not enough recycling 4 3 9  
Other 14 11 16  
None 3 1 2  
Unsure 8 8 7  

.

"How important is the issue of global warming to you personally: extremely important, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?"

.

Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not Too
Important
Not at All
Important
% % % % %

7/23-28/08

16 30 32 13 9

4/5-10/07

18 34 30 8 9
3/9-14/06 17 33 32 10 8

.

"Do you think the federal government should do more than it's doing now to try to deal with global warming, should do less than it's doing now, or is it doing about the right amount?"

.

More Less About
Right
Unsure
% % % %

7/23-28/08

61 10 27 2

4/5-10/07

70 7 21 2
3/9-14/06 68 5 25 1

.

"If the United States does more than other countries to address global warming, do you think that would help the U.S. economy, hurt the U.S. economy or have no effect?"

.

Help Hurt Not Effect Unsure
% % % %

7/23-28/08

33 32 29 6

.

"Which do you think would do a better job reducing global warming: the government, through laws intended to reduce the output of greenhouse gases, or businesses, through competition in the market system?" Options rotated

.

Government Business Both
Equally (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

7/23-28/08

43 45 8 4

.

"A person's 'carbon footprint' is the amount of greenhouse gases put out as a result of his or her energy use. That includes energy used directly, like electricity and fuel, as well as the energy it takes to make all the products you use. Are you personally doing anything to reduce your carbon footprint, or not?"

.

Yes No Unsure
% % %

7/23-28/08

71 28 1

.

"Some companies make products that they say help the environment because they're made using recycled materials, don't use chemicals or will decompose naturally after being used. Do you personally try to buy these products, or not?"

.

Yes No
% %

7/23-28/08

67 32

.

"On another subject, would you be more or less likely to vote for a candidate for president if that person is a strong environmentalist, or wouldn't that have much effect on your vote one way or the other?"

.

More Likely Less Likely Not Much
Effect
Unsure
% % % %

7/23-28/08

42 6 50 2

3/99

46 15 36 2

.

"Do you consider yourself an environmentalist or not?"

.

Yes No Unsure
% % %

7/23-28/08

41 58 1

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. June 4-5, 2008. N=1,035 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

.

"One plan to reduce global warming would have the government set a limit on the amount of those emissions that companies could produce each year. Companies that exceed that limit would face fines or higher taxes, but they could avoid those penalties by paying money to other companies that produced fewer emissions than allowed. Would you favor or oppose this proposal?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    

6/4-5/08

52 45 3    

 

Gallup Poll. March 6-9, 2008. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

.

"All in all, which of the following best describes how you feel about the environmental problems facing the earth? Life on earth will continue without major environmental disruptions only if we take additional, immediate, and drastic action concerning the environment. We should take some additional actions concerning the environment. OR, We should take just the same actions we have been taking on the environment."

.

Immediate,
drastic action
Some
additional
actions
Same
actions
Unsure

.

% % % %

.

3/6-9/08

34 52 13 1

.

.

"I'm going to read you a list of environmental problems. As I read each one, please tell me if you personally worry about this problem a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or not at all. How much do you personally worry about [see below]?"

.

Great deal Fair amount Only a little Not at all

.

% % % %

.

.

"The loss of natural habitat for wildlife"

.

.

   3/6-9/08

44 33 17 6

.

.

"Damage to the earth's ozone layer"

.

.

   3/6-9/08

39 29 19 12

.

   3/11-14/07

43 27 19 11

.

   3/13-16/06

40 28 19 13

.

   3/8-11/04

33 27 26 14

.

.

"Urban sprawl and loss of open spaces"

.

.

   3/6-9/08

33 35 19 12

.

.

"Acid rain"

.

.

   3/6-9/08

23 27 26 23

.

   3/11-14/07

25 25 28 20

.

   3/13-16/06

24 28 24 23

.

   3/8-11/04

20 26 27 26

.

.

"Thinking about your own shopping and living habits over the last five years, would you say you have made major changes, minor changes or no changes to help protect the environment?"

.

Major
changes
Minor
changes
No changes Unsure

.

% % % %

.

3/6-9/08

28 55 17 -

.

3/3-5/03

23 61 15 1

.

4/3-9/00

31 58 11 -

.

.

Asked of those of have made changes:
"What are some of the specific changes you have made in your shopping and living habits to help protect the environment?"
Open-ended. Multiple responses.

.

    %

.

.

Recycle/Recycle more

39

.

.

Drive less/Consolidate trips/Car pool

17

.

.

Buy biodegradable products

14

.

.

Use less electricity/Conserve energy

10

.

.

Drive more fuel efficient car/Maintain car

9

.

.

Buy/Use more "green" products

7

.

.

Use energy saving light bulbs

7

.

.

Eat more organic/home grown foods

5

.

.

Conserve water

5

.

.

Other

16

.

.

None/Nothing

2

.

.

Unsure

12

.

.


 

The Harris Poll. Oct. 16-23, 2007. N=1,052 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

.

"Do you think there is too much, too little, or about the right amount of government regulation and involvement in the area of environmental protection?"

.

Too much Too little About right Unsure
% % % %

ALL adults

21 53 21 5
Republicans 34 36 25 4
Democrats 10 68 17 4
Independents 25 51 19 4

.

8/9-16/05

19 47 32 2

.

"Do you believe the theory that increased carbon dioxide and other gases released into the atmosphere will, if unchecked, lead to global warming and an increase in average temperatures?"

.

Yes No Unsure
% % %

10/16-23/07

71 23 6

9/19-23/02

74 19 7

.

"Do you agree or disagree with the following statements? . . ."

.

Agree Disagree Unsure
% % %

"Since emerging countries such as India and China will soon pass the United States as the largest contributor of greenhouse gases, what ever is done to control these gases should be undertaken by almost all industrial countries."

.

   10/16-23/07

87 10 2

.

"As the world's leading industrial country, the United States needs to set the lead when it comes to controlling greenhouse gases and pollution."

.

   10/16-23/07

81 16 3

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