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Climate Change No Longer Top Concern for Americans

Americans no longer consider climate change the world’s top environmental issue, according to a recent public opinion poll.

804 adults took part in the Washington Post-Stanford University Poll, which was conducted last month via telephone. Poll highlights include:

  • 29 percent of respondents cited air and water pollution as the most pressing environmental concerns, while 18 percent pointed to climate change.
  • 33 percent of respondents cited climate change as their top concern in 2007.
  • 3/4 of poll respondents believe the Earth is warming, and felt that global temperatures will continue to rise if nothing is done to address the issue.
  • Just under 40 percent say global warming is extremely or very important to them, the lowest percentage since 2006 and down from 52 percent in 2007.
  • Just over half of respondents believe the government should do “a great deal” or “quite a bit” about the problem, while 61 percent believe businesses also have a responsibility to help with climate change issues.

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