H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press, November 17, 2009
A survey released today suggests people have largely embraced recycling and are inclined to turn down thermostats to save energy. But it also indicated that some paths toward a greener Earth aren't as easily undertaken.
The telephone poll, conducted for The Associated Press and NBC Universal, tries to gauge attitudes about the environment. It found that 60% of those surveyed felt either a "great deal" or "a lot" of personal responsibility to protect the environment, while 37% rarely, if ever, even thought about the environmental impact of their actions.
- 72% were very likely to recycle cans and bottles
- 63% were very likely to turn down thermostats
- 62% were very likely to buy energy-efficient appliances
- 59% were very likely to use cold water for clothes washing
- 59% were very likely to buy recycled paper products
- 65% said it's more difficult to use less energy than to use less water
- only 23% were very likely to eat less meat
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