Poll: Chinese more concerned about the environment than Americans
Jeremy Hance, mongabay.com
April 7, 2008
In comparison with a recent American poll, the Chinese are more than twice as likely to rank the environment as their largest issue. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll taken from March7-10th, showed that only 4 percent of Americans view environmental issues as the nation's number one concern. The environment comes in seventh after (in order) job creation and the economy, the war in Iraq, health care, energy and cost of gas, terrorism, and illegal immigration. Both terrorism and illegal immigration beat the environment by 5 percent points. According to the poll, the only issue that the environment trumps is foreign policy and Iran.
Two more recent polls, one taken by CNN and the other by CBS/New York Times in March/April, do not include the environment as an option among their most-important issues. However, both polls give the economy, the war in Iraq, health care, and immigration as options.
The Chinese poll was a yearlong survey, interviewing 3,001 participants. The NBC New/Wall Street Journal poll interviewed 1,012 registered voters.