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Associated Press-Stanford University poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Sept. 21-23, 2007. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

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"How would you rate the condition of the natural environment in the world today . . . ?"

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Excellent Good Fair Poor Very Poor
% % % % %

9/21-23/07

3 18 35 34 8

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"Compared to 10 or so years ago, do you think the natural environment in the world today is . . . ?"

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Better Worse About the
Same
   
% % %    

9/21-23/07

12 55 32    

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"Thinking ahead to 10 or so years from now, do you think the natural environment in the world will be . . . ?"

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Better Worse About the
Same
Unsure  
% % % %  

9/21-23/07

15 52 31 2  

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"Thinking about the way [see below] is/are handling issues involving the natural environment, do you . . . ?"

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Approve Disapprove Neither Approve nor
Disapprove
Unsure  
% % % %  

President Bush

   9/21-23/07

20 52 26 2  

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American businesses

   9/21-23/07

22 44 30 3  

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The U.S. Congress

   9/21-23/07

16 51 32 2  

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"During the past year, how much did President Bush’s policies do to HELP the natural environment?"

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A Great Deal A Lot A Moderate
Amount
A Little Nothing
% % % % %

9/21-23/07

3 4 17 37 35

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"During the past year, how much did President Bush’s policies do to HARM the natural environment?"

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A Great Deal A Lot A Moderate
Amount
A Little Nothing
% % % % %

9/21-23/07

16 13 20 22 22

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"During the past year, how much did American businesses do to HELP the natural environment?"

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A Great Deal A Lot A Moderate
Amount
A Little Nothing
% % % % %

9/21-23/07

3 4 28 46 16

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"During the past year, how much did American businesses do to HARM the natural environment?"

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A Great Deal A Lot A Moderate
Amount
A Little Nothing
% % % % %

9/21-23/07

15 19 31 24 8

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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 hasn't been happening?"

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Happening Not
Happening
Unsure    
% % %    

9/21-23/07

84 14 2    

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"If nothing is done to reduce global warming in the future, how serious of a problem do you think it will be for the world . . . ?"

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

9/21-23/07

59 20 12 8 1

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Aug. 1-2, 2007. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4 (for all adults).

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"We'd like your opinion of the way George W. Bush is handling certain aspects of his job. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling the environment?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

8/1-2/07

32 56 12    

5/11-12/06

38 53 9    

8/2-4/05

39 48 13    

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"Which ONE of the following do you think is the most important environmental problem facing the world today? Is it [see below], or some other environmental problem that I haven't mentioned?" Options rotated

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  8/1-2/07 4/13-14/00    
  % %    

Global warming

38 12    

Water pollution

14 19    

Air pollution

13 19    

Garbage and landfills

10 17    

Loss of ozone layer

7 13    

Endangered or vanished species

3 5    

Acid rain

1 3    

Other problem

7 4    

Unsure

7 8    

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"Now, thinking specifically about the issue of global warming: Do you think most climate scientists agree that the earth has been warming in recent years, or do you think there is a lot of disagreement among climate scientists about whether the earth has been warming?"

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Most Agree A Lot of Dis-agreement Unsure    
% % %    

8/1-2/07

52 39 9    

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"Do you think most climate scientists agree that human activities, such as burning coal and oil, are a major cause of global warming, or do you think there is a lot of disagreement among climate scientists about whether human activities are a major cause?"

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Most Agree A Lot of Dis-agreement Unsure    
% % %    

8/1-2/07

47 42 11    

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"Which of the following best describes your views about global warming and climate change? Do you think climate change is already happening because of global warming, will happen in the next few years, will happen in your lifetime, will not happen in your lifetime but will affect future generations, or will never happen because of global warming?"

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  %      

Already happening

46      

Will happen in next few years

4      

Will happen in your lifetime

12      

Will affect future generations

21      

Will never happen

9      

Unsure

8      

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"Looking ahead 50 years from today, do you think global warming will be a major threat to human life on earth, a minor threat, or not a threat?"

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Major
Threat
Minor
Threat
Not a
Threat
Unsure  
% % % %  

8/1-2/07

46 27 18 9  

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"Thinking about the reporting you've seen or heard recently about global warming in the news media, do you think the media generally exaggerate the threat of climate change from global warming, don't take the threat of climate change seriously enough, or are about right in their reporting?"

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Exaggerate Don't Take
Seriously
Enough
About Right Unsure  
% % % %  

8/1-2/07

42 22 30 6  

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"How important will a candidate's views on global warming be in determining your vote for U.S. Congress next year? Will it be the single most important issue, or one of several important issues, or not important in determining your vote?" N=872 registered voters, MoE ± 4 (for all registered voters)

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Single Most
Important
One of
Several
Not
Important
Unsure  
% % % %  

ALL reg. voters

4 59 36 1  

   Republicans

2 35 62 1  

   Democrats

7 70 22 1  

   Independents

3 65 31 1  

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"In general, which political party do you trust more to handle the issue of global warming: the Republicans or the Democrats?" Options rotated

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Democrats Republicans Both Equally
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

8/1-2/07

52 21 3 15 9

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"Do you think the Bush Administration has done as much as it should to try to address climate change and reduce global warming, or hasn't done enough?"

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As Much as
It Should
Hasn't Done
 Enough
Unsure    
% % %    

8/1-2/07

21 68 11    

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"From what you know about the actions this country might take to address climate change and reduce global warming, do you think the economic costs would be unacceptably high, or it can be done without taking on high economic costs, or the economic costs would be high but worth the sacrifice?"

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Too High Without
High Costs
High But
Worth It
Unsure  
% % % %  

8/1-2/07

17 27 42 14  

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"As I read you some things the government might do to address climate change and reduce global warming, please tell me if each is something you think government should require by law, or should encourage through tax breaks but not require, or should stay out of entirely. What about this: [see below]?"

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Require Encourage Stay Out Of Unsure  
% % % %  

Building cars that use less gasoline

  8/1-2/07

44 33 16 7  

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Building air conditioners, refrigerators, or other appliances that use less electricity

  8/1-2/07

34 39 21 6  

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Building new homes and offices that use less energy for heating and cooling

  8/1-2/07

27 48 19 6  

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Lowering the amount of greenhouse gases that power plants are allowed to release into the air

  8/1-2/07

57 21 14 8  

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"In the past few years, have you personally taken any steps to reduce your own energy consumption because of concerns related to climate change and global warming, or is that something you plan to do in the future, or is this something you don't expect to do?"

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Have Taken
Steps
Plan To In
The Future
Don't
Expect To
Unsure  
% % % %  

8/1-2/07

61 18 17 4  

 

ABC News/Washington Post/Stanford University poll. April 5-10, 2007. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"For each of the following, please tell me whether you favor or oppose it as a way for the federal government to try to reduce future global warming. . . ."

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

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"Increase taxes on electricity so people use less of it"

   4/5-10/07 20 79 1
   3/9-14/06 19 81 -

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"Increase taxes on gasoline so people either drive less, or buy cars that use less gas"

   4/5-10/07 32 67 1
   3/9-14/06 31 68 1

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"For the next items, please tell me for each one whether it's something the government should require by law, encourage with tax breaks but not require, or stay out of entirely. . . ."

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Require Encourage Stay Out of
Entirely
Unsure
% % % %

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"Building cars that use less gasoline"

   4/5-10/07 42 44 14 1
   3/9-14/06 45 40 15 -

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"Building air conditioners, refrigerators and other appliances that use less electricity"

   4/5-10/07 36 43 19 1
   3/9-14/06 42 41 17 1

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"Lowering the amount of greenhouse gases that power plants are allowed to release into the air"

   4/5-10/07 62 26 10 3
   3/9-14/06 61 26 11 2

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"Who do you trust to do a better job handling [see below]: George W. Bush or the Democrats in Congress?" Options rotated

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George
W. Bush
Democrats
In Congress
Both
Equally (vol.)
Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

"The environment overall"

   4/5-10/07 21 53 1 20 4

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"Global warming"

   4/5-10/07 19 59 1 17 4

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"Issues involving the national parks"

   4/5-10/07 24 57 1 12 6

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"What do you think should be a higher priority in management of the country's national parks: protecting natural habitats and wildlife, or providing public access for recreational use?" Options rotated

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Protecting
Nature
Providing
Access
Both (vol.) Unsure
% % % %

4/5-10/07

79 13 7 1

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"Thinking for a moment about the world's oceans, how much does [see below] concern you: a great deal, a good amount, just some or hardly at all?"

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A Great
Deal
A Good
Amount
Just Some Hardly
At All
Not at All
(vol.)
% % % % %

"Depletion of fish stocks through overfishing"

   4/5-10/07 38 25 23 11 2

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"Pollution of the oceans"

   4/5-10/07 52 25 16 5 1

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"A rise in sea level due to global warming"

   4/5-10/07 35 23 22 15 3

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"Do you think the federal government should do more to regulate commercial fishing in U.S. waters, should it do less or should it leave the rules as they are?"

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More Less Leave Rules
As They Are
Unsure
% % % %

4/5-10/07

51 3 41 5

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"In your household do you currently recycle trash -- such as paper, plastic, glass and metal cans -- or not?

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Yes No
% %

4/5-10/07

75 25

 

Gallup Poll. March 11-14, 2007. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"All things considered, do you think the environmental movement in this nation has done more good than harm, or more harm than good? Would you say it has done definitely more good than harm, probably more good than harm, probably more harm than good, or definitely more harm than good?" Options rotated

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Definitely
More Good
Than Harm
Probably
More Good
Than Harm
Probably
More Harm
Than Good
Definitely
More Harm
Than Good
Unsure
% % % % %
3/11-14/07 22 44 21 10 3
3/7-10/05 22 47 19 9 3
4/3-9/00 33 42 12 9 4
1/5 - 3/31/92 33 43 11 3 11

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Jan. 30-31, 2007. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"How well do you feel that you understand the issue of global warming? . . ."

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Very Well Somewhat
Well
Not Very
Well
Not Well
at All
Unsure
% % % % %

1/30-31/07

32 47 13 5 3

10/25-26/05

27 48 14 8 2

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Jan. 19-21, 2007. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.5.

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"Which of the following statements comes closest to your view of global warming? Global warming is a proven fact. Global warming is a theory that has not yet been proven."

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Fact Theory Unsure

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% % %

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1/19-21/07

57 38 5

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"Do you think the government should or should not put new restrictions on emissions from cars and industrial facilities such as power plants and factories in an attempt to reduce the effects of global warming?"

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Should Should Not Unsure

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% % %

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1/19-21/07

75 21 4

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CBS News Poll. Jan. 18-21, 2007. N=1,168 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think global warming is an environmental problem that is causing a serious impact now, or do you think global warming isn't having a serious impact?"

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Serious
Impact Now
Not a Serious
Impact
Unsure

%

%

%

1/18-21/07

70

23

7

8/17-21/06

67

28

5


 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. July 28-Aug. 1, 2006. N=1,478 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling environmental issues?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

7/28 - 8/1/06

41 47 12    

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"Will the issue of global warming play an important or not important role in your decision to vote for a congressional candidate in November, or will it not be a factor in your vote?" N=1,331 registered voters, MoE ± 3 (for all registered voters)

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Important Not
Important
Not a
Factor
Unsure  
% % % %  

ALL reg. voters

44 6 47 3  

   Democrats

61 3 32 4  

   Independents

44 3 51 2  

   Republicans

25 11 61 3  

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"When it comes to ensuring a healthy environment for the future, do you think the United States is going in the right direction or is it seriously off on the wrong track?"

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Right
Direction
Wrong
Track
Unsure    
% % %    

7/28 - 8/1/06

41 51 8    

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"When it comes to protecting the environment, is the Bush Administration doing too much, or too little, or just the right amount to protect the environment?"

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Too Much Too Little Right Amount Unsure  
% % % %  

7/28 - 8/1/06

3 56 36 5  

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"When it comes to reducing global warming in particular, is the Bush Administration doing too much, or too little, or just the right amount to reduce global warming?"

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Too Much Too Little Right Amount Unsure  
% % % %  

7/28 - 8/1/06

3 58 29 10  

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"Which political party do you think does a better job in Congress when it comes to handling environmental issues, the Democrats or the Republicans?"

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Democrats Republicans Neither (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

7/28 - 8/1/06

50 22 12 16  

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"Generally speaking, do you think improving the environment conflicts with economic growth, or do you think improving the environment does not have to conflict with economic growth?"

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Conflicts Doesn't Have
To Conflict
Unsure    
% % %    

7/28 - 8/1/06

25 70 5    

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"Whether or not you personally think improving the environment conflicts with economic growth, if there is conflict, which should take priority: improving the environment, or economic growth?"

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Environment Economic
Growth
Unsure    
% % %    

7/28 - 8/1/06

57 35 8    

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"Which of the following statements comes closer to your view? Many businesses can be trusted to take good care of the nation's natural resources, and the government should intervene only in the worst cases. OR, Many businesses will cut corners and damage the environment unless strong government rules and regulations are in place." Options rotated

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Can be
Trusted
Will Cut
Corners
Unsure    
% % %    

7/28 - 8/1/06

22 75 3    

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"As you may know, scientists have found evidence that the earth's climate is warming. From what you have heard or read, do you think global warming is a very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, not too much of a problem or not a problem at all, or haven't you heard enough about this to say?"

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Serious
Problem
Not a
Problem
Haven't Heard
Enough
Unsure  
% % % %  

7/28 - 8/1/06

73 19 6 2  

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"What do you think is causing global warming? Do you think it is caused more by human activities, such as driving cars and burning fuel, or is it caused more by natural changes in the climate?"

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Human
Activities
Natural
Changes
Both (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

7/28 - 8/1/06

47 32 16 5  

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"As you may know, some national parks are very popular and draw large crowds. In managing those parks, officials must decide between providing more access to the public by adding roads and opening up more parkland to motorized recreational vehicles, such as snowmobiles and ATV's or All Terrain Vehicles, or protecting natural habitats and wildlife. Should officials give the public more access by opening up parkland, or should officials limit or restrict such access?"

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More
Access
Limit
Access
Unsure    
% % %    

7/28 - 8/1/06

18 77 5    

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"As you may know, former President Clinton ordered a nationwide ban on logging and road building on nearly 60 million acres of national forests. In 2004, George W. Bush cancelled the ban and asked each state to propose specific national forest areas to protect. Do you think it is better to allow individual states to designate which national forest areas to protect from logging and road building, or do you think the federal government should set the level of protection in national forests for the entire country?"

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Individual
States
Federal
Government
Both (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

7/28 - 8/1/06

45 45 6 4  

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). June 9-12, 2006. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1 (for all adults).

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"When it comes to protecting the environment, which party do you think would do a better job: the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, or both about the same? If you think that neither would do a good job, please just say so." Half-sample (Form B)

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Democratic Republican Same Neither Unsure
% % % % %
6/9-12/06 49 12 22 13 4

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. May 4-8, 2006. N=1,241 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

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"Currently, drilling for oil and natural gas is prohibited in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Do you approve or disapprove of the proposal to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska for oil and natural gas drilling?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

5/4-8/06

48 45 7    
11/20-24/02 39 55 6    

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"Global warming is a term used to describe changes in the temperature of the earth's atmosphere which could result in changes in the environment. How much have you heard or read about global warming: a lot, some, not much or nothing at all?"

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A Lot Some Not Much Nothing  
% % % %  

5/4-8/06

41 37 16 6  

9/03

27 39 23 10  

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Asked of those who have heard/read a lot or some:
"Do you think global warming is an environmental problem that is causing a serious impact now, or do you think global warming isn't having a serious impact?"

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Serious
Impact Now
Not a Serious
Impact
Unsure    
% % %    

5/4-8/06

66 30 4    

9/03

59 37 4    

 

Gallup Poll. March 13-16, 2006. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

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"Do you think George W. Bush is doing a good job or a poor job in handling each of the following issues as president? How about protecting the nation's environment?"

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

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% % % %

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3/13-16/06 33 55 9 3

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3/05

39 50 8 3

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3/04

41 46 9 4

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3/03

44 43 7 6

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3/02

50 38 7 5

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4/6-9/01

49 41 4 6

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3/5-7/01

51 38 5 6

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"Next I am going to read some specific environmental 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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"Spending government money to develop alternate sources of fuel for automobiles"

   3/13-16/06

85 14 1

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"More strongly enforcing federal environmental regulations"

   3/13-16/06

79 20 2

   3/03

75 21 4

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"Spending more government money on developing solar and wind power"

   3/13-16/06

77 21 2

   3/01

79 19 2

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

   3/13-16/06

77 22 1

   3/03

80 19 1

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

   3/13-16/06

75 23 3

   3/03

75 22 3

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"Setting higher auto emissions standards for automobiles"

   3/13-16/06

73 25 2

   3/03

73 24 3

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"Expanding use of nuclear energy"

   3/13-16/06

55 40 5

   3/03

43 51 6

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"Opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska for oil exploration"

   3/13-16/06

49 47 4

   3/03

41 55 4

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"Thinking about the increase in strength of hurricanes in recent years, do you think global warming has been a major cause, a minor cause, or not a cause of the increase in strength of hurricanes?"

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Major Cause Minor Cause Not a Cause Unsure

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% % % %

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3/13-16/06 35 33 26 6

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ABC News/Time/Stanford University Poll. March 9-14, 2006. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Compared to 10 or so years ago, do you think the natural environment in the world today is better, worse or about the same?"

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Better Worse Same
% % %
3/9-14/06 12 60 27

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"Thinking ahead to 10 or so years from now, do you think the natural environment in the world will be better, worse, or about the same as it is today?"

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Better Worse Same Unsure
% % % %
3/9-14/06 21 55 23 1

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"Thinking about the way [see below] is/are handling issues involving the natural environment, do you approve, disapprove, or neither approve nor disapprove?"

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Approve Disapprove Neither Unsure
% % % %
President Bush 21 53 25 1
American businesses 21 47 30 1
The U.S. Congress 15 52 32 1

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"If nothing is done to reduce global warming in the future, how serious of a problem do you think it will be for THE UNITED STATES: very serious, somewhat serious, not so serious or not serious at all?"

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Very
Serious
Somewhat
Serious
Not So
Serious
Not Serious
At All
Unsure
% % % % %
3/9-14/06 49 34 10 6 2

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"If nothing is done to reduce global warming in the future, how serious of a problem do you think it will be for THE WORLD: very serious, somewhat serious, not so serious or not serious at all?"

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Very
Serious
Somewhat
Serious
Not So
Serious
Not Serious
At All
Unsure
% % % % %
3/9-14/06 57 28 8 5 2

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"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?"

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Should Do
More
Should Do
Less
About
Right
Unsure
% % % %
3/9-14/06 68 5 25 1

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"Which of these would you rather see the federal government do: require companies and individuals to do things to reduce global warming; offer tax cuts to encourage these things, but not require them; or do nothing to influence whether companies and individuals do these things?"

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Require Encourage Do Nothing Unsure
% % % %
3/9-14/06 52 38 8 2

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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?"

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Most Agree A Lot of Dis-
agreement
Unsure
% % %
3/9-14/06 35 64 1

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"For each of the following, please tell me whether you favor or oppose it as a way for the federal government to try to reduce future global warming. . . ."

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Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

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"Give companies tax breaks to build nuclear power plants"

   3/9-14/06 41 56 3

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"Give companies tax breaks to produce more electricity from water, wind and solar power"

   3/9-14/06 87 12 1

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 21-23, 2005. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

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"Thinking about the increase in the number and strength of hurricanes in recent years, do you think global warming has been a major cause, a minor cause, or not a cause of the increase in hurricanes?"

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Major
Cause
Minor
Cause
Not a
Cause
Unsure
% % % %

10/21-23/05

36 29 30 5

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 23-27, 2005. N=1,019 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

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"How convinced are you that global warming or the greenhouse effect is actually happening? Would you say you are completely convinced, mostly convinced, not so convinced or not convinced at all?"

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Completely
Convinced
Mostly
Convinced
Not So
Convinced
Not At All
Convinced
Unsure
% % % % %
9/23-27/05 23 33 22 17 4
6/05 23 36 24 16 2

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"Do you think global warming is an urgent problem that requires immediate government action, or a longer-term problem that requires more study before government action is taken?" Options rotated

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Urgent
Problem
Longer-
term
Problem
Not a
Problem
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
9/23-27/05 41 47 6 6
6/05 38 58 3 1

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"Do you think the severity of recent hurricanes is most likely the result of global climate change, or is it just the kind of severe weather events that happen from time to time?" Options rotated

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Climate
Change
Just
Happens
Unsure
% % %
ALL 39 54 7
Democrats 46 46 8
Independents 42 53 5
Republicans 24 70 6

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"Do you think the hurricanes the country has been experiencing are a deliberate act of God, or an occurrence on God's Earth but not a deliberate act on God's part?"

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Deliberate
Act of God
Not a
Deliberate
Act of God
Neither/Don't
Believe In
God (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
9/23-27/05 23 67 4 5

 

The Harris Poll. Aug. 9-16, 2005. N=1,217 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

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"Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Protecting the environment is so important that requirements and standards cannot be too high, and continuing environmental Improvements must be made regardless of cost."

.

Agree Disagree Unsure
% % %
8/9-16/05 74 24 1

.

"For each of the following, please tell me if you feel they've done more than their share, just about right, or less then their share to help reduce environmental problems. . . ."

.

Less Than
Their Share
About
Right
More Than
Their Share
Unsure
% % % %

"Environmental groups"

16 39 42 2

.

"The media"

44 37 18 1

.

"State or local government"

46 43 10 2

.

"General public"

63 26 10 1

.

"Local businesses"

50 38 9 3

.

"The President"

53 36 8 3

.

"The Congress"

57 31 8 3

.

"Large corporations"

71 21 6 1

.

"Do you think of yourself as an active environmentalist, sympathetic to environmental concerns, neutral, or unsympathetic to environmental concerns?"

.

Environ-
mentalist
Sympathetic Neutral Unsym-
pathetic
Unsure
% % % % %
8/9-16/05 12 58 24 4 1

 

Gallup Poll. March 7-10, 2005. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"When it comes to environmental protection, which of these do you think is happening under the Bush Administration: the nation's environmental protection policies are being strengthened, the nation's environmental policies are being kept about the same, or the nation's environmental protection policies are being weakened?" Options rotated. Form A (N=494, MoE ± 5).

.

Strengthened Kept the
Same
Weakened Unsure

.

% % % %

.

3/05

5 52 40 3

.

3/04

6 53 39 2

.

3/03

9 53 35 3

.

.

"Would you say you are optimistic or pessimistic that we will have our environmental problems well under control in 20 years?"

.

Optimistic Pessimistic Unsure

.

.

% % %

.

.

3/05

54 43 3

.

.


 

Gallup Poll. March 8-11, 2004. N=1,005 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Recently, a group of prominent scientists charged that the Bush Administration is ignoring and distorting scientific evidence concerning the seriousness of environmental problems such as global warming. How much have you heard about this criticism before now: a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or nothing at all?"

.

Great
Deal
Moderate
Amount
Not
Much
Nothing

.

% % % %

.

3/04

8 26 40 26

.

.

"Who do you tend to believe in this matter: the scientists who claim that the Bush Administration is ignoring and distorting scientific evidence about environmental problems, OR, the Bush Administration, which denies ignoring and distorting scientific evidence about environmental problems?" Options rotated

.

Scientists Bush
Administration
Unsure

.

.

% % %

.

.

3/04

59 32 9

.

.

.

"Next, turning to the agreement on global warming that was drawn up at a world conference in Kyoto, Japan, several years ago: Based on what you have heard or read, do you think the United States should or should not agree to abide by the provisions of the Kyoto agreement on global warming?"

.

Should Should Not Unsure

.

.

% % %

.

.

3/04

42 22 36

.

.


 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Nov. 20-24, 2002. N=996 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (total sample).

.

ALL Repub-
licans
Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
% % % %
"Now turning to the subject of the environment: When it comes to regulating the environmental and safety practices of business, do you think the federal government is doing enough, should it do more, or should it do less?"
Doing enough 25 38 20 21
Should do more 62 46 72 67
Should do less 7 12 4 6
Don't know 6 4 4 6

.

"Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Protecting the environment is so important that requirements and standards cannot be too high and continuing environmental improvements must be made regardless of the cost."
Agree 57 41 66 62
Disagree 36 52 30 30
Don't know 7 7 4 8

.

"With Republicans in control of Congress, do you think pollution and other environmental problems are likely to get better, get worse, or stay about the same as they are now?"
Get better 10 16 4 10
Get worse 27 8 43 27
Stay the same as now 59 71 50 58
Don't know 4 5 3 5

.

"What do you think is more important: producing energy, or protecting the environment?"
Producing energy 29 44 23 23
Protecting environment 57 41 66 62
Don't know 14 15 11 15

.

"What do you think George W. Bush thinks is more important: producing energy, or protecting the environment?"
Producing energy 68 59 79 64
Protecting environment 11 13 7 12
Don't know 21 28 14 24

 

The Harris Poll. Sept. 19-23, 2002. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

“Have you ever seen, heard or read about the theory of global warming -- that average temperatures are rising slowly and will continue to rise mainly because of the burning of coal, oil and other fuels?”
2002 2001 2000
% % %
Have seen, heard or read 85 88 89
Have not 14 11 10
Not sure 1 - 1

.

"Have you seen, heard or read of recent international agreements in Kyoto and Bonn to limit emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to reduce global warming?" Asked of those who have seen, heard or read about global warming.

2002 2001
% %
Have seen, heard or read 52 58
Have not 45 41
Not sure 3 2

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the international agreements in Kyoto and Bonn which would require countries to limit their emissions of carbon monoxide and other greenhouse gases?" Asked of those who have seen, heard or read about the Kyoto and Bonn agreements.

2002 2001
% %
Approve 73 70
Disapprove 20 22
Not sure 6 7

.

"The United States government says that it cannot accept the Kyoto and Bonn agreements to limit emissions of greenhouse gases because they are not based on sound research and would damage the American economy. Do you think the American position is right or wrong?" Asked of those who have seen, heard or read about the Kyoto and Bonn agreements.

2002 2001
% %
Right 30 42
Wrong 54 46
Not sure 16 11

 

ABC News.com Poll. April 11-15, 2001. N=1,022 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"An international treaty calls on the U.S. and other industrialized nations to cut back on their emissions from power plants and cars in order to reduce global warming, also known as the greenhouse effect. Some people say this would hurt the U.S. economy, and is based on uncertain science. Others say this is needed to protect the environment, and could create new business opportunities. What’s your view? Do you think the United States should or should not join this treaty requiring less emissions from U.S. power plants and cars?"
ALL Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
Repub-
licans
% % % %
Should 61 68 66 52
Should not 26 19 25 37
No opinion 13 13 9 11

 

Gallup Poll. March 5-7, 2001. N=1,060 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"For each of the following, please say whether you think they are doing too much, too little, or about the right amount in terms of protecting the environment. How about [see below]?"

.

Too
Much
Too
Little
About
Right
Unsure
% % % %
"The federal government" 11 55 31 3
"U.S. corporations" 4 68 23 5
"The American people" 2 65 30 3

.

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

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
"Giving tax breaks to provide incentives for drilling for more oil and gas in the U.S."
53 43 4

.

"Setting legal limits on the amount of energy which average consumers can use"
35 62 3

 

ABC News.com Poll. Sept. 13-17, 2000. N=1,014 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"How would you rate the overall quality of the drinking water in your area: excellent, good, not so good, or poor?"
9/00 6/89
% %
Excellent 18 15
Good 53 51
Not so good 17 20
Poor 10 13
No opinion 2 -

 

The Harris Poll. Aug. 10-14, 2000. N=1,010 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (total sample).

.

“Do you think that the possibility of global warming should be treated as a very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, or not a serious problem?”
2000 1997
% %
Very serious 46 47
Somewhat serious 39 40
Not serious 13 11
Not sure 1 2

.

“Do you think that global warming is, or is not, probably a cause of the large number of forest wildfires in the West?”
ALL East Mid-
west
South West
% % % % %
Is probably a cause 35 41 29 43 24
Is not probably a cause 54 50 61 46 65
Not sure 10 9 10 12 10

.

“Do you think that most of the fires are started by lightning and other natural events or by people?”
ALL East Mid-
west
South West
% % % % %
Natural events 56 54 58 58 53
People 34 31 34 34 36
Not sure 10 16 9 8 12

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. April 13-14, 2000. N=752 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4 (total sample).

.

"Since the first Earth Day was held 30 years ago, how much progress -- if any -- do you think has been made toward solving environmental problems: major progress, minor progress, or no progress, or have environmental problems actually gotten worse?"
%
Major progress 18
Minor progress 52
No progress 7
Gotten worse 16
Don't know 7

.

"Which one of the following do you think is the most important environmental problem facing the world today? Is it . . . ?"
%
Air pollution 19
Water pollution 19
Garbage and landfills 17
Loss of the ozone layer 13
Global warming 12
Endangered or vanished species 5
Acid rain 3
Some other environmental problem that I haven't mentioned 4
Don't know 8

.

Asked of registered voters (N=584):
"In general, how important are environmental issues in determining your vote for major political offices? Are a political candidate's positions on environmental issues very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important in determining your vote?"
ALL Republicans Democrats Independents
% % % %
Very important 32 19 41 34
Somewhat important 41 46 42 40
Not too important 14 21 9 13
Not at all important 9 12 5 11
Don't know 4 2 3 2

 

Gallup Poll. April 3-9, 2000. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"How much progress have we made in dealing with environmental problems in the past few decades -- say since 1970? Would you say we have made a great deal of progress, only some progress, or hardly any progress at all?"
%
A great deal of progress 26
Only some progress 64
Hardly any progress at all 9
No opinion 1

.

"Do you think the U.S. government is doing too much, too little, or about the right amount in terms of protecting the environment?"
4/00 3/92
% %
Too much 10 4
Too little 58 68
About the right amount 30 26
No opinion 2 2

.

"Which one of the following should have primary responsibility for solving our nation's environmental problems: [rotate] the government OR business and industry OR citizens’ groups and individual citizens?"
4/00 3/92
% %
Government 34 44
Business and industry 33 20
Citizens 32 29
No opinion 1 7

.

"With which one of these statements about the environment and the economy do you most agree? [rotate] 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."
Protection of
Environment
Economic
Growth
No
Opinion
% % %
4/00 67 28 5
1/00 70 23 7
4/99 67 28 5
3/99 65 30 5
4/00 67 28 5
1/00 70 23 7
4/99 67 28 5
3/99 65 30 5
4/98 68 24 8
1997 66 27 7
1995 62 32 6
1991 71 20 9
1990 71 19 10
1984 61 28 11

 

Gallup Poll. Sept. 23-26, 1999. N=1,039 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Have you heard or read about the great increase in population which is predicted for the world during the next few decades?"
1999 1992
% %
Yes 58 51
No 42 48
No opinion - 1

.

Among who answered "Yes" to question above (N=637, MoE +/- 4):
"Are you worried or not worried about this population increase?"
1999 1992
% %
Yes, worried 48 68
No, not worried 51 31
No opinion 1 1

.

"How serious a problem for the country do you think population growth in the United States is? Would you say it is: [rotate] a major problem now; not a problem now, but likely to be a problem in the future; OR, not a problem now and you don't expect it to become a problem?"
1999 1992
% %
Major problem now 18 29
Problem in the future 59 44
Don't expect problem 22 24
No opinion 1 3

.

"How serious a problem for the world do you think population growth internationally is? Would you say it is: [rotate] a major problem now;  not a problem now, but likely to be a problem in the future; OR, not a problem now and you don't expect it to become a problem?"
%
Major problem now 47
Problem in the future 41
Don't expect problem 11
No opinion 1

 

Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll. April 13-14, 1999. N=1,069 adults nationwide.

.

"How would you rate your satisfaction with the state of the nation in terms of protection of the environment? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, not too satisfied, or not at all satisfied?"

.

1999 1997 1993
% % %
Very satisfied 10 13 8
Somewhat satisfied 59 50 44
Not too satisfied 22 24 28
Not at all satisfied 8 11 18
Unsure 1 2 2

.

"Now looking ahead to the next four years, please tell me if you think conditions in protection of the environment will get better, get worse, or stay about the same?"

.

1999 1993
% %
Better 29 53
Worse 17 9
Same 52 35
Unsure 2 3

.

"Do you consider yourself to be an environmentalist, or not?"

.

Yes No Unsure
% % %
1999 50 48 2
1995 63 34 3
1991 78 19 3
1990 73 24 3
1989 76 20 4

 

CNN/Time Poll conducted by Yankelovich Partners. Jan. 20-21, 1999. N=1,024 adults nationwide.

.

ALL Urban Suburban Rural
% % % %
"Is the amount of commercial development and traffic a very serious problem where you live, somewhat serious, not very serious, or not serious at all?"
Very serious 16 17 22 9
Somewhat serious 29 32 34 23
Not very serious 30 29 27 33
Not serious at all 24 21 15 35
Not sure 1 2 2 -

.

"Do you favor or oppose the establishment of a zone or greenbelt around your community where new homes, businesses, or stores could not be built on land that is currently undeveloped?"
Favor 57 59 62 52
Oppose 33 32 30 36
Not sure 10 9 8 12

.

"Do you favor or oppose using taxpayer money to buy undeveloped land to keep it free from residential and commercial development?"
Favor 44 42 49 39
Oppose 49 51 44 54
Not sure 7 7 7 7

.

"If you had to choose, which is more important: the ability of individuals to do what they want with land that they own, or the ability of government to regulate residential and commercial development for the common good?"
Ability of individuals to do what they want 69 69 65 73
Ability of government to regulate development 25 23 29 22
Not sure 6 8 6 5

 


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