WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) — Americans are happier with the overall quality of the environment than they were last year at this time, a Gallup poll indicated.
Forty-six percent of those asked rated the environmental quality as “good” or “excellent,” up from 39 percent in March 2009, Gallup’s annual Social Series Environmental survey, released Monday, found.
The results of the poll, conducted March-7, are the most positive since 2002, Gallup says.
The public’s rating of the environment in the last two surveys — dating to March 2009, just after President Barack Obama’s inauguration — is far more optimistic than in the 10 years prior to his taking office, Gallup found.
“Public optimism about the environmental outlook surged among independents and Democrats in surveys bracketing the shift in presidential administrations from George W. Bush’s to Obama’s,” the survey said.
But perception of environmental quality also rose slightly among Republicans in the latest poll.
The telephone survey of a random sample of 1,014 adults has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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