Wall St. Journal
October 13, 2005


Nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults agree that protecting the
environment is important and standards cannot be too high, according
to a Harris Interactive poll.

At the same time, nearly half of Americans surveyed say there is too
little government regulation and involvement in the area of
environmental protection, compared with about 19% who feel there is
too much regulation and 32% who say it's just right.

The telephone poll of 1,217 adults indicates concern about too little
environmental protection has risen slightly from 39% in 2000, when
this poll was last conducted. But the percentage is far below the 63%
who said there was too little regulation back in 1991.

Americans view large corporations as one of the biggest culprits in
environmental problems: 71% said they are doing less than their share
to help reduce environmental problems. But 63% say the general public
isn't doing its share.

Only 12% of U.S. adults describe themselves as active
environmentalists. While more than half of U.S. adults say they are
sympathetic to environmental concerns, nearly a quarter say they are
neutral and 4% say they are unsympathetic.

Water pollution is the top concern among poll respondents, followed by
air pollution. Other priorities included global warming, ozone
depletion, and depletion of forest lands.

The full survey results can be viewed here.