The Environmental Deficit: Survey on American Attitudes on the Environment

The Environmental Deficit: Survey on American Attitudes on the Environment

The Environmental Deficit: Survey on American Attitudes on the Environment (7 pages, PDF), a recent poll of 1,000 adults across the United States conducted by the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, finds that 70 percent of Americans believe global warming is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem, while only 21 percent believe it is not a serious issue. Moreover, 55 percent of Americans believe scientific evidence confirms the existence of global warming, while 56 percent want to hear more from President George W. Bush and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry about their positions on environmental issues. The results also underscore the now-familiar polarization of the American electorate, with Democrats (65 percent) and Independents (64 percent) expressing more concern about global warming than Republicans (38 percent).

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April 27, 2019