Economy over environment

Americans change their beliefs in the face of the recession

Despite the catastrophic threats posed by climate change, Americans’ priorities lie with the economy, according to a new Gallup poll. When asked what should be given the priority, more respondents (49 percent) chose the economy, even if the environment suffers. In the other camp, 41 percent said the environment should come first, even to the detriment of the economy. Historically speaking, this is a new trend; protection of the economy over the environment began developing following the 2008 recession. During most of the past 30 years, the environment was favored.

Here’s how the survey looked by political group:

Environment Economy
Republicans 27% 66%
Democrats 50% 42%
Independents 44% 43%