As economic conditions worsen, people asked to choose between protecting the environment or economic growth and development strongly favor economic growth, according to a June Harris Poll conducted online among 2,454 adults aged 18+.
Among the other key findings of the study by Harris Interactive:
In Canada, opinions on some of these topics differ:
As the economic woes continue, anything that places the economy versus something else will see economy most likely winning the battle – but, many polls, including earlier Harris Polls, show very strong support for strengthening environmental protections and regulations, Harris said.
Also, most people do not see the hard tradeoff between economic development and protecting the environment: Many say we not only can do both of these but that we should be doing both, according to Harris
About the study: This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between June 9 and 16, 2008 among 2,454 adults. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.
For the Canadian results, Harris/Decima completed 1,009 online surveys among a random sample of Harris/Decima panel members. The study was conducted between June 9 and 16, 2008. This was a standard panel survey among a random sample of Canadian panel members. In a fashion similar to a telephone study, email addresses from the panel were pulled at random, according to population and gender specifications, in order to make the study representative of the Canadian population by region and gender.
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