Survey: 60% Worldwide Satisfied With Efforts to Preserve Environment, 36% Dissatisfied

By Emily Ward | September 10, 2018 | 3:30 PM EDT

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( -- A new survey shows that 60% of people worldwide are satisfied with the efforts made to preserve the environment and only 36% are dissatisfied.

In the survey, Gallup asked respondents, “In [country], are you satisfied or dissatisfied with efforts to preserve the environment?”

Six in ten people said they were satisfied as of 2017, an improvement over recent years. Only four in ten people said they were dissatisfied. While results varied widely among countries, the survey showed an overall increase in global satisfaction with efforts to preserve the environment.

In Asia, most residents were satisfied. Gallup reported that “Satisfaction with efforts to safeguard the environment is relatively high in most of Asia -- particularly the South and Southeast Asia regions, where about three-fourths of residents are satisfied.”

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“The trend has risen particularly sharply in India, climbing from 54% satisfied in 2014 to 77% in 2017,” reported Gallup.  “However, more than two-thirds are also satisfied in Asia’s first- and third-largest countries, China (68%) and Indonesia (71%).”

By contrast, “satisfaction has been falling in much of the Americas, particularly Brazil, where one-third of adults (33%) were satisfied in 2017, down from more than half (55%) in 2011.

In the United States, satisfaction fell somewhat, from 60% in 2014 to 46% in 2016, then remained stable at 47% in 2017,” said Gallup.

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In Latin America (41%), Post-Soviet Eurasia (41%) and the Middle East and North Africa region (42%), about four in ten people reported satisfaction.

The survey, published Sept. 9, appeared a few days before world leaders are scheduled to meet at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco to discuss new strategies to fight climate change.

According to Gallup, “Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp recently asserted that a ‘Fourth Wave’ of environmental progress is taking place in the U.S. and other economically developed countries.”

The poll was conducted through both face-to-face and telephone interviews. Researchers interviewed roughly 1,000 randomly selected people in each country and “samples are nationally representative unless noted otherwise.” 

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