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<a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/1675/most-important-problem.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.gallup.com/poll/1675/most...t-problem.aspx</a><br>
Other polls I've read about have said pretty much the same thing. As far as the important issues go, the environment is not a high priority for most Americans. Why do you think it is this way? Do you think things will change anytime soon?
 

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I suspect that the environment's level of importance as a national issue changes in times of peace and prosperity. Right now, many people are focused on loved ones in the military and economic woes, that everything else gets pushed to the side.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>rainforests1</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3020173"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Why do you think it is this way?</div>
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It's a simple extension of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow's_hierarchy_of_needs" target="_blank">Maslow's heirarchy of human needs</a>.
 

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I suspect that the environment's level of importance as a national issue changes in times of peace and prosperity. Right now, many people are focused on loved ones in the military and economic woes, that everything else gets pushed to the side.</div>
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The poll I had posted shows overpopulation at 1% and environment at 0% as far as the most important problems. Are there any polls taken during other time periods that would indicate it's a much higher priority than this? I certainly haven't seen any. It gives me no reason to be optimistic.
 

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I'm more surprised that the other party/no difference/no opinion percentage seems to be decreasing over time, considering how completely full of it both the Republican and Democratic parties are are, and how much more obvious it is nowadays.<br><br>
(That's not to say I think the environment isn't a serious issue, I'm just not surprised that people don't consider it #1)
 

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It sounds like the question is about "the nation's most important problem." So I would guess that it's not that some people don't think the environment is a really important problem, but that they're more concerned with their immediate lives and the US surviving as a modern first world country than a farther off environmental disaster, if they have to pick a #1. I care more about animal issues than most or any other issues on that list - but I'm not sure that it's "the nation's most important problem" so it's kind of a leading question in a way.
 

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It's because the values of capitalism by any means necessary to save money (i.e. complying with environmental regulation) is often prioritized in American culture above responsible capitalism. Not only that, but compared to other countries, the US is a society of convenience, they invented the drive through window (aka "drive-thru", haha) after all. And public transportation has been much easier in every country I've been to besides the US, where in the US, it's difficult even in a city with millions like Los Angeles. Last but certainly not least, the average American omni's diet seems to be much heavier on meat than, say, the average European omni's.<br><br>
Acknowledging not only the existence of environmental destruction but also how the average American is contributing to it would require everyone, or everyone who has been of the mentality that has made them part of the problem and not of the solution, to rethink the whole way they live! So for many, it's easier to sweep the problem under the carpet than it is to change and adapt.<br><br>
And tough to say if it will change soon, and how. It could go one of 2 ways, either enough pressure is put on the US from other countries to get them to change their act, or pollution will get bad enough to the point where it kills Americans and everyone else on a large scale, therefore forcing them to change their act for the sake of survival.<br><br>
For the record, my location is the Netherlands, but I am American, and I've travelled to almost every continent now, so I've been able to compare mentalities pretty well. And the world could definitely use the Dutch mentality which, by and large, is much more aware of the cause and effect relationship of our actions than the American one is.
 

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Another reason might be the bizarre notion that 'somebody will figure out something before it's too late so let's party til then'.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>rainforests1</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3020173"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/1675/most-important-problem.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.gallup.com/poll/1675/most...t-problem.aspx</a><br>
Other polls I've read about have said pretty much the same thing. As far as the important issues go, the environment is not a high priority for most Americans. Why do you think it is this way? Do you think things will change anytime soon?</div>
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Probably because of the unemployment rate, and general distrust with the system. At the end of the day, people care more for their personal survival and paying the bills than the world they live in.
 
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