Air Quality and Energy Efficiency and Recycling and Solid Waste and Environment and Renewable Energy and Environmental Policy and Environmentally friendly and Energy Conservation

Results of 'green' poll of IBJ Daily subscribers

September 12, 2009

OVERALL PERCEPTIONS
I believe climate change is a serious problem.
Strongly agree: 33%
Agree: 28%
Neither agree nor disagree: 11%
Disagree: 13%
Strongly disagree: 16%

I believe global warming is manmade rather than from natural causes.
Strongly agree: 28%
Agree: 29%
Neither agree nor disagree: 14%
Disagree: 10%
Strongly disagree: 18%

I believe carbon dioxide emissions should be regulated.
Strongly agree: 29%
Agree: 38%
Neither agree nor disagree: 10%
Disagree: 9%
Strongly disagree: 13%

What is the United States’ best option for our energy future? (Some participants cited more than one response.)
Wind and solar: 74%
Nuclear: 53%
Expand domestic oil production: 39%
Coal: 24%
Continue to import foreign oil: 5%
Some other option: 20%

 

PERCEPTIONS ABOUT INDIANA
Do you believe air quality in Indiana has gotten better, worse or stayed the same over the past 20 years?
Gotten better: 29%
Stayed the same: 34%
Gotten worse: 37%

Do you believe water quality in Indiana has gotten better, worse or stayed the same over the past 20 years?
Gotten better: 36%
Stayed the same: 27%
Gotten worse: 37%

CLUNKERS
“Cash for Clunkers” is a federal program that will provide up to $4,500 in incentives to consumers who trade in certain vehicles for autos that consume less fuel. Is “Cash for Clunkers” good environmental policy, good economic policy, both or neither?
Good environmental policy: 17%
Good economic policy: 6%
Both good economic-environmental policy: 30%
Neither good economic-environmental policy: 47%

NUCLEAR ENERGY
I would support the construction of nuclear power plants in Indiana.
Strongly agree: 25%
Agree: 35%
Neither agree nor disagree: 15%
Disagree: 13%
Strongly disagree: 12%

I would support the storing of nuclear waste in Indiana.
Strongly agree: 5%
Agree: 21%
Neither agree nor disagree: 24%
Disagree: 23%
Strongly disagree: 26%

MASS TRANSIT
I believe Indiana should spend taxpayer money to subsidize construction of wind farms.
Strongly agree: 12%
Agree: 37%
Neither agree nor disagree: 15%
Disagree: 22%
Strongly disagree: 15%

I believe the Indianapolis area should pursue mass transit on a broad scale.
Strongly agree: 41%
Agree: 37%
Neither agree nor disagree: 10%
Disagree: 8%
Strongly disagree: 3%

I would support an increase in the gasoline tax to support mass transit.
Strongly agree: 15%
Agree: 36%
Neither agree nor disagree: 12%
Disagree: 20%
Strongly disagree: 17%

How much of an increase would you support?
10 cents per gallon: 55%
20 cents per gallon: 28%
50 cents per gallon: 9%
More than 50 cents per gallon: 9%

RECYCLING
I believe recycling should be mandatory in the Indianapolis area.
Strongly agree: 36%
Agree: 30%
Neither agree nor disagree: 12%
Disagree: 13%
Strongly disagree: 8%

I would pay extra to finance mandatory recycling.
Strongly agree: 13%
Agree: 31%
Neither agree nor disagree: 14%
Disagree: 21%
Strongly disagree: 21%

How much of an increase would you be willing to pay?
$5 a month: 67%
$12 a month: 20%
$15 a month: 13%

VEHICLE EMISSIONS
I believe vehicle emissions should be tested in the Indianapolis area.
Strongly agree 19%
Agree 38%
Neither agree nor disagree 17%
Disagree 17%
Strongly disagree 8%

BUSINESSES
Should businesses base investments in energy efficiency solely on the bottom line, or should environmental benefits and other factors be taken into consideration?
Investments should be made for the bottom line: 11%
Environmental benefits should be taken into account: 29%
Both bottom line/environmental benefits: 59%
Neither bottom line/environmental benefits: 1%

Does your workplace recycle?
Yes: 82%
No: 18%

Does your company consider the “greenness” of a product or company as a primary consideration when deciding to purchase a product or service?
Yes: 38%
No: 62%

Has your company generated additional revenue by representing itself as a “green” company or by selling “green” products?
Yes: 24%
No: 76%

Note: Some totals are not 100 due to rounding.

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