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27% Call Americans Selfish For Putting Economy Ahead of Global Warming

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Americans still don’t think they are being selfish for placing their economic concerns ahead of the fight against climate change.  But they strongly believe improving the environment occurs on a personal level.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 27% of Adults say Americans are being selfish by putting their economic concerns ahead of the fight against global warming.  Fifty-one percent (51%) disagree with that assessment, while 22% more are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The number of adults who feel Americans are not being selfish for this reason is up slightly from September 2009, when 47% felt that way.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) say individuals, by their actions, can improve the environment.  Only 19% disagree and feel individuals can’t personally help the environment.  Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 16-17, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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