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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