According to the New York Times, a recent Pew Research Center poll shows that the American public's concern about the environment has slipped, eclipsed by worry over
zombies the economy.
It seems global warming came in last among 20 voter concerns, including "moral decline" and the influence of lobbyists. Only 30 percent of the voters deemed global warming to be "a top priority," compared with 35 percent in 2008. "Protecting the environment," which had surged in the rankings from 2006 to 2008, dropped to 41 percent of voters calling it a top priority, compared with 56 percent last year. Energy problems ranked sixth in the poll, behind education and social security.
This despite increasing evidence of global warming's effects and increased awareness among the populace, not to mention attention from the new Obama administration and political heat in California, the Northeast and elsewhere.
It got us wondering: what really scares us the most these days? I mean besides a reanimated Bush administration. We think we know where Andrew Revkin stands, but what about you? Take the poll and find out...
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