public attitudes toward the environment and global warming. Fully 83
percent of Americans now say global warming is a "serious" problem, up
from 70 percent in 2004. More Americans than ever say they have serious
concerns about environmental threats, such as toxic soil and water (92
percent, up from 85 percent in 2004), deforestation (89 percent, up from
78 percent), air pollution (93 percent, up from 87 percent) and the
extinction of wildlife (83 percent, up from 72 percent in 2005).
Most dramatically, the survey of 1,000 adults nationwide shows that 63
percent of Americans agree that the United States "is in as much danger
from environmental hazards, such as air pollution and global warming, as
it is from terrorists." It reveals growing concern about dependence on
Middle Eastern oil, with 96 percent of the public saying this is a
serious problem. As a result, the public overwhelmingly supports
increasing the use of alternative energy, including solar and wind
power, as well as investing more in energy efficiency.
The survey indicates that while 70 percent of Americans believe that
President Bush doesn't do enough for the environment and should do more,
many citizens are ready to act on their own. Seventy-five percent
recognize that their own behavior can help to reduce global warming, and
81 percent believe it is their responsibility to do so.