|Californians support more stringent fuel economy regulations.|
A new survey released by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found that 86% of Californians believe global warming will affect current or future generations and that 54% lack confidence in the environmental and energy programs of the federal government and want the state to act on its own to address the problem.
Accordingly, 77% favor the state law requiring automakers to further reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from new cars in California, beginning in 2009; 83% favor requiring automakers to significantly improve the fuel efficiency of cars; and 73% percent support the policy even if it increases the cost of buying a new car.
According to the survey 57% believe the effects of global warming are already being felt. Three in four (75%) say the effects of global warming on the state’s economy and quality of life will be very or somewhat serious.
Furthermore, 69% support the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets recently established by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, which aim to reduce GHG emissions from cars, power plants, and industry by more than 80 percent over the next 50 years.
Californians do not have much faith in government in general, but when it comes to environmental and energy issues, they clearly see the state as more adequately representing their interests.—Mark Baldassare, PPIC statewide survey director
More residents trust the state government (52%) than the federal government (43%) to provide correct information about the condition of the environment—although both receive considerably less public trust than do scientists and researchers at universities (78%) and environmental organizations (64%).
The survey on the environment, the second in a three-year survey series, is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Findings of this survey are based on a telephone survey of 2,502 California adult residents interviewed between June 28 and July 12, 2005. Interviews were conducted in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, or Vietnamese. The sampling error for the total sample is +/- 2%. The sampling error for subgroups is larger. For more information on methodology, see page 19 of the full report.
PPIC Statewide Survey: Special Survey on the Environment, July 2005