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.