New Gallup Poll Reports That 82% of Americans Want the Same or More Environmental Protection
Close to half of Americans want the government to do more to safeguard the environment, and they favor environmental protections over energy development, according to two recent Gallup polls. 48 percent feel too little is being done, while 34 percent are in agreement with the current amount of protection. And 49 percent feel the environment should be prioritized over developing energy supplies “such as gas, oil, and coal.”
These findings seem to indicate that strong government action on the environment and climate change will continue to gain support – and enthusiasm for projects like the Keystone XL pipeline will continue to wane. It may be that the recent fall in gas prices has contributed to the increased interest in environmental protection over energy development. Whether or not that’s true, there’s an opportunity now to shift the focus away from fossil fuels and towards renewables. It’s possible to both protect the environment and develop supplies of energy – as long as it’s clean energy.
Nearly half of Americans (48%) say the U.S. government is doing “too little” to protect the environment, while 16% say it is doing “too much.” Roughly a third (34%) say it is doing “about the right amount” in terms of environmental protection. These figures are consistent with the past two years.
Since President Barack Obama took office, the percentage of Americans saying the government is doing too little to protect the environment has been lower than it was in the 1990s and early 2000s. Meanwhile, the percentage of those who say the government is doing too much has increased since Obama took office.