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Poll: U.S. Environmental Concern Declines

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 16, 2010

Americans are less worried about a series of environmental problems than at any time in the past 20 years. That's the conclusion of a new Gallup poll released today. According to the poll, Americans are least concerned about global warming and most concerned about drinking water.

The poll, which was conducted by telephone in early March, shows for six of eight items the percentage of respondents who said they worry "a great deal" is the lowest point Gallup has ever measured. For all eight items, concern declined. The number of respondents who were worried about drinking water cleanliness fell from 59 to 50 percent during the past year. The number who were worried about climate declined from 33 to 28 percent.


Gallup attributes the decline to the fact that Americans "perceive environmental conditions in the United States to be improving," adding that the findings "also may reflect greater public concern about economic issues, which is usually associated with a drop in environmental concern."

Read more information about the Gallup poll's conclusions.


Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.