More Americans Giving Priority to Environment Over Economic Growth: Gallup Poll

by Vikas Vij
Mar 27, 2014 2:00 PM ET

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In a recent Gallup Poll Social Series survey, Americans have chosen environment as a priority over economic growth by a 50%-to-41% margin. This is a fresh change because ever since the economic downturn of 2008-09, Americans have invariably chosen economic growth over the environment, except for immediately after the BP oil spill in May 2010.

Traditionally, Americans have preferred environmental conservation over economic growth. Nearly every time that Gallup has asked this question over the last three decades, environment has scored over economic priorities. The percentage of Americans, who chose environment over economy, shot up to 71 percent in 1990.

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Vikas Vij - Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.