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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What America Thinks: How’s Your Environment?

The water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan is again raising questions about the safety of our immediate environment. We decided to find out what America thinks.

Fewer than half of likely voters rate the quality of the overall environment in the United States as good or excellent, and it’s been trending downward since 2013. Fourteen percent (14%) now think our environment’s in poor shape, and they worry that it’s getting worse.

But Americans are much more optimistic about individual components of the environment. 71% of voters rate the air quality where they live as good or excellent, and, despite concerns in Flint, 75% say the same of their drinking water. Most also give the cleanliness of public parks and other public spaces equally high marks.

A government screw-up seems to be the primary reason for the lead-contaminated drinking water crisis in Flint. But only 20% of Americans think their state or locality does not do enough to protect and preserve the water they drink.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.