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Environmental Politics in the American West

Sep 08, 2014

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This EcoWest presentation examines public opinion on environmental issues and funding for conservation. Learn more at EcoWest.org

  • Environmental politics inthe American West 1/20/13
  • EcoWest missionInform and advance conservation in the AmericanWest by analyzing, visualizing, and sharing dataon environmental trends. 1/20/13
  • EcoWest decks This is one of six presentations that illustrate key environmental metrics. Libraries for each topic contain additional slides. Issue Sample metrics Water Per capita water consumption, price of water, trends in transfers Biodiversity Number of endangered species, government funding for species protection Wildfires Size and number of wildfires, suppression costs Land Area protected by land trusts, location of proposed wilderness areas Climate Temperature and precipitation projections Politics Conservation funding, public opinion Download presentations and libraries at ecowest.org 1/20/13
  • Table of contents 1. Public opinion State of the environment Specific issues and policies Climate change 2. Conservation funding Federal budget and agencies Ballot measures Philanthropy 1/20/13
  • PUBLIC OPINION 1/20/13
  • Key points: public opinion The environment doesnt rank high on the publics agenda, but a majority of Americans remain concerned about a wide variety of environmental problems The public agrees with many of the environmental movements policy goals, but only about a fifth of Americans identify themselves as active participants The Great Recession has shifted public opinion away from environmental concerns over the past few years Air and water pollution tend to be the most worrisome environmental issues Disasters, such as the BP oil spill, can cause spikes of interest in environmental issues Whos in the White House can influence perceptions of environmental quality: the 2008 election caused more Americans to say things are improving Americans remain split on global warming, especially along party lines, with a significant percentage saying the threat is exaggerated and will not affect their lives 1/20/13
  • STATE OF THEENVIRONMENT 1/20/13
  • Whats the most important problem facing the U.S.? Economy in general Unemployment/Jobs Dissatisfaction with government Federal budget deficit/Federal debtPoor healthcare/hospitals; High cost of healthcare Lack of money Education/Poor education/Access to educationEthics/moral/religious/family decline; Dishonesty Immigration/Illegal aliens Care for the elderly/Medicare Corporate corruption Energy/Lack of energy sources Environment/Pollution Foreign aid/Focus overseas Fuel/Oil prices Gap between rich and poor International issues, problems Judicial system/Courts/Laws Lack of military defense Lack of respect for each other 1% each Poverty/ Hunger/Homelessness Taxes The media Unifying the country Wage issues Wars/War (nonspecific)/Fear of war Welfare 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Percent Source: Gallup 1/20/13
  • Public concern about the environment How much do you personally worry about the quality of the environment? 100 No opinion 90 Not at all 80 Only a little 70 Fair amountPercent 60 Great deal 50 Great deal + fair amount 40 30 20 10 0 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Source: Gallup 1/20/13
  • Environmental quality How would you rate the overall quality of the environment in this country today? 100 90 80 70Percent 60 Excellent 50 Good 40 Only fair 30 20 Poor 10 No opinion 0 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Source: Gallup 1/20/13
  • Trajectory of environmental quality Right now, do you think the quality of the environment in the country as a whole is getting better or worse? 80 Obama elected 70 60Percent 50 40 30 Getting better Getting worse Same 20 No opinion 10 0 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Source: Gallup 1/20/13
  • Presidents performance on environment protection Do you think the President is doing a good job or a poor job in protecting the nations environment? Obama 90 elected 80 70Percent 60 50 40 30 20 Good job Poor job 10 0 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Source: Gallup 1/20/13
  • Participation in environmental movement Do you think of yourself as an active participant in the environmental movement; sympathetic towards the movement, but not active; neutral; or unsympathetic? 60 50Percent 40 Sympathetic, b ut not active Neutral 30 Active 20 participant Unsympathetic 10 No opinion 0 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012