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Americans concerned about environment

Americans have a pessimistic view of the state of the environment and want prompt action to improve its health, according results of a Stanford University survey released Wednesday.

A telephone survey of 1,001 U.S. citizens nationwide found that 52 percent of Americans expect the world's natural environment to worsen in 10 years, and an additional 8 percent say the environment is in poor shape and will not improve.

The survey is yearly and this year's findings are only slightly different from 2006.

"The public's overall pessimism and general desire for action has remained constant during the past year," said survey conductor Jon Krosnick, senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford. "However, Americans have significantly more negative views of business and of President Bush's handling of the environment than they did a year ago."

Democrats make up about 72 percent of citizens considered pessimistic about the environment and 36 percent are Republican, compared to 67 percent and 48 percent, respectively, one year ago.

"The decrease in pessimism among Republicans is significant, while the increase among Democrats is not," Krosnick said.

The survey also found that 84 percent of Americans want the president, Congress and American businesses to do a "great deal" or "a lot" to help the environment next year.

The 2007 survey was conducted by Krosnick and Trevor Tompson of the Associated Press, with support from the Woods Institute. The questionnaire used in the survey was designed by Krosnick and Gary Langer of ABC News.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Jeff Hitchcock
a resident of The Greenhouse
on Dec 27, 2007 at 10:02 am

Hello fellow Americans! Its funny,I'm not a radical by any means, just a Washington state country boy. In this land of the free I'm nervous about making any kind of political comment. How very sad our own life nurturing plant has been reduced to nothing but a political issue. Sure I love air shows, but by now don't we all know that our Blue Angles can fly, an outdated recruitment tool. Want to excel the development of Eco friendly cars, make it a mandate for NASCAR. Fresh water in plastic bottles! Does the average American Know how all this plastic is manufactured? Do they know about out-gassing? Recently a president was heard touting the benefits of Nuclear energy, Has he been to Hanford, Chernobyl Whatever Mile Island?


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Posted by R Wray
a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 27, 2007 at 10:28 am

8% say the environment is in bad shape. Does that make the story headline?


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 27, 2007 at 12:55 pm

Non technical folk parrot the Rosie-Ophra line being fed us continuously.
The distaste for corporations is a consequence of a century of Marxist crap denegrating the very machine that has given the average citizen today a life better than the Tsars. MSM is largely watermelon, green outside, red inside. Go indeed to TMI, where no one was harmed but the investors, and to Hanford where there is as yet no documented health damage from handling a pool of radwaste far larger than any from power generation.


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Posted by No Nukes!
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Dec 27, 2007 at 12:58 pm

Hanford = first warning.

Walter, be prepared.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 27, 2007 at 2:36 pm

I have the best possible preparation, an education, training and real life experiance in technical matters. Remember, the dose makes the poison, and at parts per trillion there is a little bit of everything in everything else.


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