U.S. concern about air and water pollution, 1989-2012. Americans currently express record-low concern about both air pollution and pollution of drinking water. Thirty-six percent say they worry a great deal about air pollution and 48% about pollution of drinking water. Both figures are down more than 20 percentage points from the year 2000. Gallup

[Gallup attributes this grim trend to the 2008 global financial collapse and a general increase in optimism on the environment. Gallup neglects the effect of the relentless propaganda and lobbying campaign waged by the fossil fuel industry.]

By Jeffrey M. Jones
13 April 2012

PRINCETON, NJ – Americans currently express record-low concern about both air pollution and pollution of drinking water. Thirty-six percent say they worry a great deal about air pollution and 48% about pollution of drinking water. Both figures are down more than 20 percentage points from the year 2000.

These results are based on Gallup's annual Environment poll, conducted March 8-11. The trends are part of a broader decline in worry about environmental threats documented in the poll.

Gallup asked Americans to say how much they worry about each of seven environmental problems. All show significantly less worry today than in 2000, when worry was at or near its high point for each item. The declines in concern about drinking-water pollution and air pollution are the largest for the problems included in this year's poll.

Percentage of Americans who are worried 'a great deal' about environmental problems, 2000 vs. 2012. concern has dropped significantly in all seven categories. Gallup

More broadly, worry about the seven issues is below the historical average for each. Most of the trends date back to 1989.

Concern about these environmental problems is down among most major subgroups since 2000. Across the seven items, the percentage worried a great deal is down an average 16 percentage points among Republicans, 18 points among independents, and 13 points among Democrats.

On a relative basis, Americans tend to worry more about environmental threats to the nation's water supplies than those that affect other parts of the environment. The highest levels of worry this year are for contamination of soil and water by toxic waste, pollution of drinking water, and pollution of rivers, lakes, and reservoirs.

Concern about these environmental problems is down among most major subgroups since 2000. Across the seven items, the percentage worried a great deal is down an average 16 percentage points among Republicans, 18 points among independents, and 13 points among Democrats.

On a relative basis, Americans tend to worry more about environmental threats to the nation's water supplies than those that affect other parts of the environment. The highest levels of worry this year are for contamination of soil and water by toxic waste, pollution of drinking water, and pollution of rivers, lakes, and reservoirs.

Concern about global warming is lowest of the seven environmental issues tested, even though it is up slightly this year from last year. […]

Worry About U.S. Water, Air Pollution at Historical Lows

1 comments :

  1. Gail said...

    I attribute it to this:

    Backfire effect – when people react to disconfirming evidence by strengthening their beliefs.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases

    (from RPaulli, naturally!)  

 

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