Americans List Climate Change As One Of Their Lowest Priorities

  • Date: 13/03/14
  • Stephen Calabria, Huffington Post

When it comes to climate change, Americans aren’t exactly hot and bothered. A Gallup survey released Wednesday finds that climate change ranks almost dead last on a list of 15 national priorities, slightly ahead of “race relations.”

Just 24 percent of respondents said that they worry about climate change a “great deal,” while 26 percent said they worry about it a “fair amount.” A full 56 percent of respondents said they only worry about climate change “a little” or “not at all.”

According to the survey, the findings mark “the lowest level of worry about the environment more broadly since Gallup began measuring this in 2001. Americans were most concerned about the environment in 2007, when 43% worried a great deal.”

Concern about the quality of the environment largely breaks down along party lines. While 45 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning respondents listed the environment as a priority, just 16 percent of Republicans and those who lean Republican felt the same way.

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