A recently released report by VeraQuest Inc. titled “VeraGreen: A Look at American Attitudes and Behaviors on Environmental Issues,” examines how Americans view environmental issues such as global warming and the involvement of government in the private sector. The report surveyed a stratified random sample of 3,506 online respondents to be nationally representative and has an error range of 1.66% at a 95% confidence level.  The study was fielded between October 3 and October 11, 2012.

Key Findings:

  • 36% of respondents believe society does not put enough emphasis on environmental issues, compared to 21% that believe it’s too much emphasis.
  • 51% of respondents don’t believe that global warming is an issue today.
  • 36% of respondents said they will consider alternative fueled cars when they’re in the market next.
  • Almost two-thirds of respondents said the government should be responsible for setting fuel efficiency standards, compared to 37% that believe it should be left to the marketplace.
  • Nearly two-thirds of respondents said the government should be involved in subsidizing private companies that produce renewable forms of energy.

What, if anything, is surprising about these results?  What policy directions do the numbers point towards?