Wednesday is Earth Day, a day first celebrated 39 years ago to inspire awareness and appreciation of the environment. But, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey, only 31% of American adults believe their fellow countrymen are environmentally aware.
Fifty-three percent (53%) say most Americans are not environmentally aware. Adults under the age of 40 believe this more strongly than their elders.
In other Earth day polling:
- Seventy-two percent (72%) of Americans think individuals can improve the environment by their actions, and just 15% disagree.
- Seventy-four percent (74%) of both Democrats and voters not affiliated with either major party say individuals can improve the environment, compared to 67% of Republicans.
- In a separate survey, just 34% of U.S. voters now think
global warming is caused by human activity, the lowest finding yet in Rasmussen Reports national surveying. The Obama administration’s proposed anti-global warming efforts are predicated on reducing human causes for the problem.
- Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Americans rate Earth Day as at least somewhat important, including 28% for whom it is Very Important. Women (64%) deem the day more important than men (50%). Thirty-five percent (35%) of all adults say the day is not very or not at all important.
- Yet while most Americans value Earth Day, just 21% plan to do something special to celebrate Earth Day. Sixty-eight percent (68%) have no such plans. Younger adults are more likely to celebrate it than older Americans.
- The Earth Day findings are largely unchanged from a survey a year ago.
Flap remembers the first Earth Day when he was at USC. It was largeley ignored by the biology majors who were more interested in learning the real deal versus the politically hyped stuff. There were some, mostly lefty types that tried to promote it though.
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