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List: Top Ten Environmental Worries in U.S.A

Date: March 2006

Source: Gallup USA

Base: Telephone interviews with 1,000 American adults, conducted from March 13 to March 16, 2006. Margin of error was 3 per cent.

Notes: Respondents were asked the following question: "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." Respondents were read a list of 10 key environmental issues as pre-selected by Gallup.

Environmental Issue

% Agreeing it is a Problem

Pollution of drinking water

54%

Contamination of soil and water by toxic waste

52%

Pollution of rivers, lakes, and reservoirs

51%

Maintenance of the nation's supply of fresh water for household needs

49%

Air pollution

44%

Damage to the earth's ozone layer

40%

The loss of tropical rain forests

40%

The "greenhouse effect" or global warming

36%

Extinction of plant and animal species

34%

Acid rain

24%


 

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