Rasmussen Poll Finds 51% Say Major Lifestyle Changes Needed to Help Environment; 65% Say Americans Not Willing To the Changes
Most Americans see a need for major lifestyle cutbacks to help the environment, but even more don’t think that’s likely to happen, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Among the findings:
51% of adults believe major lifestyle cutbacks are necessary in order to help the environment. Thirty-two percent (32%) disagree, with 16% more undecided. The number of adults who see this need is up from 49% in July and 42% in May of last year.
79% believe most Americans are more environmentally aware today than they were 25 years ago; 13% disagree.
65% say American won’t make the major cutbacks required. 17% say Americans would, and 18% are not sure.
40% say individuals are the ones chiefly responsible for making sure society is environmentally aware. One-in-four adults (26%) says the government bears this responsibility, while only 14% name the media. Another nine percent (9%) say special interest groups are most responsible for keeping the public informed on environmental issues.
While women feel strongly that Americans need to make lifestyle cutbacks to help the environment, men are evenly divided on the question.
Republicans and those not affiliated with either major political party are more likely than Democrats to say Americans are not willing to make major cutbacks.