- The Washington Times - Friday, April 4, 2014

Most Americans continue to show low levels of concern about climate change, with little more than a third saying they worry “a great deal” about it.

Climate change was toward the bottom of a list of eight environmental concerns in a recent survey by the group, with 35 percent saying it is a major worry.

“The percentage expressing a great deal of worry about pollution of drinking water, as well as contamination of soil and water by toxic waste, increased by seven percentage points,” Gallup said. “Worry about climate change and global warming, on the other hand, went up by no more than two points versus last year.”

Drinking water pollution tops the list at 60 percent, followed by toxic soil contamination and pollution of lakes and rivers at 53 percent apiece.

Air pollution comes in at 46 percent.

The relatively low concern about climate change or global warming coincides with a report released this week by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that warns of potentially several future impacts from the phenomenon.

“Americans’ generally low level of concern about global warming compared with other environmental issues is not new; warming has generally ranked last among Americans’ environmental worries each time Gallup has measured them with this question over the years,” the polling group said.

Political persuasion remains a key predictor of how a person will feel about climate change, with more than half of Democrats saying they worry about it a great deal compared to 29 percent of independents and 16 percent of Republicans.

• Tom Howell Jr. can be reached at thowell@washingtontimes.com.

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