Recession fails to dent public concern on environment

Public support for a tougher environmental policy shows little sign of waning despite the recession. An opinion poll carried out for The Guardian has shown that there is less volatility in public opinion on the issue than on almost any other major concern facing the electorate.

The survey was carried out by ICM at the beginning of September. The interviewees comprised a controlled sample of 1,424 adults in 103 randomly selected constituencies.

Responses to the proposition that "the Government should give a higher priority to environmental policy even if this means higher prices for some goods" are shown below.

The replies show clearly that support for the proposition has wavered only slightly since 1990,

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