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Environment, How Important

How important is the environment as an issue?


Below are 27 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 4 types:

...in location...to groups...to self...to voting

...in locationThis question type asks about the importance/seriousness of environmental issues in a particular location.


...to groupsThis question type asks the respondent how concerned particular groups are about the environment.

  • CONCENVI from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Fall 1993LEARN MORE
    • In general, do you think Southerners are more concerned about the environment or less concerned about the environment than people in other areas of the country? (CONCENVI) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CONCENVI from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Fall 1993LEARN MORE
    • In general, do you think Southerners are more concerned about the environment or less concerned about the environment than people in other areas of the country? (CONCENVI) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

...to selfThis question type asks respondent about the personal importance of environmental issues.

  • ISSUE5 from Small Groups Survey, 1991 (Groups Sample)LEARN MORE
    • ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN ANY SMALL GROUP THAT MEETS REGULARLY AND PROVIDES SUPPORT OR CARING FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN IT: Compared to 5 years ago, has each of the following become a lot more important to you, somewhat more important, stayed the same, become somewhat less important, or a lot less important to you -- The environment (ISSUE5) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ENVIRON2 from American National Election Studies, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Referring to the ENVIRONMENT/JOBS issue in the previous question: How important is this issue to you personally? EXTREMELY important, VERY important, SOMEWHAT important, NOT TOO important, or NOT AT ALL important? (ENVIRON2) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMPGRN from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • How much do you agree or disagree with each of these statements? A. There are more important things to do in life than protect the environment. (IMPGRN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMPGRN from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined, (Inapplicable Responses Coded as Missing)LEARN MORE
    • How much do you agree or disagree with each of these statements? A. There are more important things to do in life than protect the environment. (IMPGRN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • IMPGRN from General Social Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • Do you strongly agree, agree, neither agree or disagree, disagree or strongly disagree with the following statement? -- There are more important things to do in life than protect the environment. (IMPGRN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SV19 from Measuring Morality Study, 2012LEARN MORE
    • How much does each of the following statements sound like you? I strongly believe that people should care for nature. Looking after the environment is important to me. [Schwartz Values] (SV19) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • MOPS3_06 from Measuring Morality Study, 2012LEARN MORE
    • To what extent is your position on each of the following a reflection of your core moral beliefs and convictions? The environment [Moral Foundation of Politics Scale (MOPS)] (MOPS3_06) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • MOPS21 from Measuring Morality Study, 2012LEARN MORE
    • Please indicate which two issues are the LEAST important challenges you think our country is dealing with today [Issue 1]. [Moral Foundation of Politics Scale (MOPS)] (MOPS21) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • VALECO from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • Now I will briefly describe some people. Please listen to each description and tell me how much each person is or is not like you. Use this card for your answer: [response to gendfill1a] strongly believes that people should care for nature. Looking after the environment is important to [response to gendfill2]. (VALECO) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • VALECO from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined - Instructional DatasetLEARN MORE
    • Now I will briefly describe some people. Please listen to each description and tell me how much each person is or is not like you. Use this card for your answer: [response to gendfill1a] strongly believes that people should care for nature. Looking after the environment is important to [response to gendfill2]. (VALECO) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • VALECO from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined, (Inapplicable Responses Coded as Missing)LEARN MORE
    • Now I will briefly describe some people. Please listen to each description and tell me how much each person is or is not like you. Use this card for your answer: [response to gendfill1a] strongly believes that people should care for nature. Looking after the environment is important to [response to gendfill2]. (VALECO) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ISSUE8 from God and Society in North America, 1996LEARN MORE
    • To begin with, thinking of the issues presently confronting (Canada/the United States), what other issues do you think are important for (Canada/the U.S.) right now? -- Environment/Pollution (ISSUE8) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PROBENV from Civic Involvement Survey, 1997LEARN MORE
    • In your community is each of the following a serious problem, a small problem, or not a problem? - Threats to the environment (PROBENV) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

...to votingThis question type asks the respondent the extent to which environmental concerns will impact voting decisions.

  • ISSENVIR from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • In making your decision about who to vote for, will the issue of the environment be very important, somewhat important, or not too important, or not at all important? How important will the issue of the environment be? (ISSENVIR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ENVIRO from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008LEARN MORE
    • In making your decision about who to vote for this fall, will the issue of the environment be very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important? (Q22J) (ENVIRO) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
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