Posted by: conservativecritic | March 21, 2010

Poll: Americans Least Worried About Global Warming

Americans rank global warming dead last among eight environmental issues to be very worried about, a new Gallup Poll reveals.

The percentage of respondents who said they worry “a great deal” about global warming was just 28 percent, down 5 percentage points from last year.

The following are eight environmental issues and the percentage of people who said they are very worried are, according to the poll results released on March 16:

  • Pollution of drinking water, 50 percent
  • Pollution of rivers, lakes, and reservoirs, 46 percent
  • Maintenance of the nation’s supply of fresh water for household needs, 45 percent
  • Contamination of soil and water by toxic waste, 44 percent
  • Air pollution, 38 percent
  • The loss of tropical rain forests, 33 percent
  • Extinction of plant and animal species, 31 percent
  • Global warming, 28 percent

For all eight issues, Americans are less worried now than they were a year ago, with the percentage drops ranging from 4 points for “maintenance of the nation’s supply of fresh water” to 9 points for “pollution of drinking water” and “the loss of tropical rain forests.”

Worry about global warming peaked in 2007, at 41 percent, and stood at 40 percent in 2000.

“Americans are now less worried about a series of environmental problems than at any time in the past 20 years,” Gallup observed. “That could be due in part to Americans’ belief that environmental conditions in the U.S. are improving. It also may reflect greater public concern about economic issues, which is usually associated with a drop in environmental concern.”

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