Public concern about environmental threats in the United States in 2012

Americans' concerns about environmental threats in 2012 This survey shows the concerns of U.S. Americans towards environmental threats in 2012. 36 percent of the respondents were aworried "a great deal" about air pollution.
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Great dealFair amountOnly a littleNot at allNo opinion
Contamination of soil and water by toxic waste50%28%16%5%0%
Pollution of drinking water48%30%15%6%0%
Pollution of rivers, lakes, and reservoirs48%31%17%4%0%
The loss of tropical rain forests37%27%24%12%1%
Air pollution36%35%22%7%0%
Extinction of plant and animal species36%29%23%12%1%
Global warming30%25%22%23%1%
Great dealFair amountOnly a littleNot at allNo opinion
Contamination of soil and water by toxic waste50%28%16%5%0%
Pollution of drinking water48%30%15%6%0%
Pollution of rivers, lakes, and reservoirs48%31%17%4%0%
The loss of tropical rain forests37%27%24%12%1%
Air pollution36%35%22%7%0%
Extinction of plant and animal species36%29%23%12%1%
Global warming30%25%22%23%1%
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This survey shows the concerns of U.S. Americans towards environmental threats in 2012. 36 percent of the respondents were aworried "a great deal" about air pollution.
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Release date
April 2012
Region
United States
Survey time period
March 8 to 11, 2012
Number of respondents
1,024 respondents
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Telephone interview
Supplementary notes
During the survey, this question was posed as follows: "I'm going to read you a list of environmental problems. As I read each one, please tell me if you personally worry about this problem a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or not at all. First, how much do you personally worry about...?"

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