Nearly Half in U.S. Say Gov't Environmental Efforts Lacking

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on April 1, 2013

Gallup: “Americans tilt toward the view that the government is doing too little to protect the environment — at 47% — while 16% say it is doing too much. Another 35% say the government’s efforts on the environment are about right. These views have not changed much since 2010, although Americans in most years between 1992 and 2006 were more likely than they are today to say the government was doing too little to protect the environment. The new data are from Gallup’s annual Environment poll, conducted March 7-10. The Obama administration on Friday announced a new rule aimed at reducing air pollution by requiring the oil and gas industry to lower sulfur levels in gasoline. These findings suggest that about half of Americans — those who say the government is doing too little to protect the environment — may welcome the new rules in principle. And, some of those who say the government’s efforts are currently about right may also favor the new actions, under the assumption that they represent a continuation of positively perceived ongoing efforts.”

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