Global warming is no longer the top environmental concern for the majority of Americans, according to a new poll conducted by the Washington Post and Stanford University.
Of 804 U.S. adults who were surveyed by telephone between June 13 and 21, only 18 percent felt that global warming is the “single biggest environmental problem the world faces today,” down from 33 percent who agreed with the statement in April 2007. This despite the fact that 72 percent of current respondents said they thought the world’s temperature would go up slowly over the next 100 years, while 78 percent felt that global warming could be a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” problem for the U.S. if nothing is done to stop it.
Citizens are also showing a flagging trust in scientists when it comes to the environment. While 32 percent said they believed scientists “completely/a lot” in April 2007, only 26 percent say the same today. By comparison, 35 percent of current respondents say they believe scientists “a little/not at all,” compared to only 24 percent who felt that way in 2007.
You can view the full results of the poll here .