(March 31, 2011) According to a new Gallup poll, Americans consider global warming to be the least important environmental issue.
When it comes to environmental issues, global warming now ranks last in importance, according to a new poll of Americans conducted by Gallup. Only 25% of responders worry “a great deal” about global warming while 48% worry “only a little or not at all” about it. In contrast, pollution of drinking water ranked highest in concern, with 51% worrying a great deal and only 23% viewing it as a trivial issue.
The Gallup poll, in fact, shows that traditional environmental issues are foremost in the public mind. Of the nine environmental issues polled, the top four all related to water and the fifth involved air quality. Extinction of species and loss of tropical forests ranked sixth and seventh, followed by urban sprawl.
To see the full Gallup questions and responses, click here.
Lawrence Solomon is executive director of Energy Probe and the author of The Deniers. LawrenceSolomon@nextcity.com.