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Attitudes about government involvement in environmental issues.


Below are 83 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 4 types:

ApprovalPriorityResponsibilitySpending

ApprovalThis question type asks the respondent if they approve of the manner in which a particular candidate or party handles the environment.


PriorityThis question type asks the respondent about how much priority the government should give to environmental regulations.

  • DTLAWENV from Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes, 1987-2009LEARN MORE
    • Now I am going to read you another series of statements on some different topics. For each statement, please tell me if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with it. The first one is: There needs to be stricter laws and regulation to protect the environment. (Q10A) (DTLAWENV) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ENVIRON from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Fall 1996LEARN MORE
    • In general, when you think about the current laws and regulations to protect the following, do they go too far, strike about the right balance, or not go far enough? The environment. (ENVIRON) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • P16ENVRN from State of Disunion Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • Im going to read you some proposals that are now being discussed nationally. As I read each one, please select the number that best expresses how much you favor or oppose it. If you dont really care about the issue, please say so. P. Reducing federal regulations aimed at protecting the environment (P16ENVRN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PRENVIRN from ABC News/ Washington Post Poll: Faith-Based Initiative, 2001LEARN MORE
    • Wed like to know what kind of priority you want to see George W. Bush and the Congress give to some issues. For each one, please tell me if it should receive the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, a middle priority, or a lower priority: Protecting the environment. [QUESTIONS PRCUTTAX, PRIMPRED, PRELDRXS, PRENVIRN, PRUPGMIL ASKED OF HALF THE SAMPLE] (PRENVIRN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q39G from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005LEARN MORE
    • Q39 To what extent do you agree or disagree that the federal government should..g. Do more to protect the environment (Q39G) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • STATENVI from Campaign 2000 Typology SurveyLEARN MORE
    • Now Im going to read you some more pairs of statements. As I read each pair, tell me whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views - even if neither is exactly right. This country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment OR…This country has gone too far in its efforts to protect the environment. (STATENVI) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SOCENVRN from Religion and Politics Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • Here are some social issues facing our country today. How interested are you in each one, quite interested, fairly interested, or not very interested? -- legislation to protect the environment (SOCENVRN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ENVLAWS from December 2006 Values Update SurveyLEARN MORE
    • For each statement, please tell me if you completely agree with it, mostly agree with it, mostly disagree with it, or completely disagree with it. There needs to be stricter law and regulations to protect the environment. (ENVLAWS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • AGREE1A from July 2003 Values Update SurveyLEARN MORE
    • [ASK ONLY IF FORM=1 1]Now I am going to read you another series of statements on some different topics. For each statement, please tell me if you completely agree with it, mostly agree with it, mostly DISagree with it or completely disagree with it. : There needs to be stricter laws and regulations to protect the environment (AGREE1A) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • INF_PROT from Religion and Politics Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • Which one of the following has had the biggest influence on your thinking on this issue -- This country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment OR This country has gone too far in its efforts to protect the environment (INF_PROT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PROTENVI from Religion and Politics Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • I am going to read you some pairs of statements that will help us understand how you feel about a number of things. As I read each pair, tell me whether the FIRST statement (This country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment) or the SECOND statement (This country has gone too far in its efforts to protect the environment) comes closer to your own views, even if neither is exactly right. (PROTENVI) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PENVIRON from ABC News Church Scandal Poll, 2002LEARN MORE
    • For each issue I name, please tell me what kind of priority you think Bush and the Congress should give it - the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, a middle priority, or a lower priority. The next is the situation with the environment. Should this be the highest priority, a high priority but not the highest, a middle priority, or a lower priority? [NOTE: This question was asked to half of the sample; the same half was asked questions ENVIRON and TENVIRON.] (PENVIRON) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TRADE_3 from News Interest Index, March 2004LEARN MORE
    • In deciding U.S. policies about trading with other countries, how much priority should be given to each of the following: Protecting the global environment. Do you think this should have top priority, some priority or no priority at all in deciding U.S. trade policy? (TRADE_3) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

ResponsibilityThis question type asks if it should be the government's responsbility (or a particular level/branch's responsibility) to protect the environment.

  • L1ENVRN from State of Disunion Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • Since our founding, different levels of our government have had different responsibilities. For each of the following, I want you to tell me whether you think it should be mainly the responsibility of the federal government in Washington, the state government in [respondents state], your local government, or private organizations. Or do you think it should be mainly left up to individuals? A. Protecting the natural environment (L1ENVRN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GOVTBIZ from General Social Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • Which of these two groups do you think is making more effort to look after the environment: government, business and industry or both about equally? (GOVTBIZ) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • V180 from World Values Survey, 2005LEARN MORE
    • Some people believe that certain kinds of problems could be better handled by the United Nations or regional organizations rather than by each national government separately. Others think that these problems should be left entirely to the national governments. Im going to mention some problems. For each one, would you tell me whether you think that policies in this area should be decided by the national governments, by regional organizations, or by the United Nations? Protection of the environment. (V180) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GRNLAWS from General Social Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • On the whole, do you think it should or should not be the governments responsibility to impose strict laws to make industry do less damage to the environment? (GRNLAWS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GRNLAWS from General Social Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • On the whole, do you think it should or should not be the governments responsibility to impose strict laws to make industry do less damage to the environment? (GRNLAWS) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • BUSDECID from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined, (Inapplicable Responses Coded as Missing)LEARN MORE
    • And which one of the following closest to your views? Government should let businesses decide for themselves how to protect the environment, even if it means they dont always do the right thing, or government should pass laws to make businesses protect the environment, even if it interferes with business right to make their own decisions. (BUSDECID) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • BUSDECID from General Social Survey, 1993LEARN MORE
    • And which one of the following is closest to your views? Government should let businesses decide for themselves how to protect the environment, even if it means they dont always do the right thing, or government should pass laws to make businesses protect the environment, even if it interferes with businesses right to make their own decisions. (BUSDECID) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • BUSDECID from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • Select: 1) Government should let businesses decide for themselves how to protect the environment, even if it means that they dont always do the right thing; or 2) Government should pass laws to make businesses protect the environment, even if it interferes with business right to make their own decisions. (BUSDECID) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • BUSDECID from General Social Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • Select: 1) Government should let businesses decide for themselves how to protect the environment, even if it means that they dont always do the right thing; or 2) Government should pass laws to make businesses protect the environment, even if it interferes with business right to make their own decisions. (BUSDECID) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PUBDECID from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • If you had to choose, which one of the following would be closest to your views? Government should let ordinary people decide for themselves how to protect the environment, even if it means they dont always do the right thing, or government should pass laws to make ordinary people protect the environment, even if it interferes with peoples right to make their own decisions. (PUBDECID) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PUBDECID from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined, (Inapplicable Responses Coded as Missing)LEARN MORE
    • If you had to choose, which one of the following would be closest to your views? Government should let ordinary people decide for themselves how to protect the environment, even if it means they dont always do the right thing, or government should pass laws to make ordinary people protect the environment, even if it interferes with peoples right to make their own decisions. (PUBDECID) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PUBDECID from General Social Survey, 1993LEARN MORE
    • If you had to choose, which one of the following would be closest to your views? Government should let ordinary people decide for themselves how to protect the environment, even if it means they dont always do the right thing, or government should pass laws to make ordinary people protect the environment, even if it interferes with peoples right to make their own decisions. (PUBDECID) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PUBDECID from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • Select: 1) Government should let ordinary people decide for themselves how to protect the environment, even if it means that they dont always do the right thing; or 2) Government should pass laws to make ordinary people protect the environment, even if it interferes with peoples right to make their own decisions. (PUBDECID) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PUBDECID from General Social Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • Select: 1) Government should let ordinary people decide for themselves how to protect the environment, even if it means that they dont always do the right thing; or 2) Government should pass laws to make ordinary people protect the environment, even if it interferes with peoples right to make their own decisions. (PUBDECID) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

SpendingThis question type asks respondents their attitude about government spending on the environment.

  • ENVMT from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010LEARN MORE
    • As a national program, do you think were now spending too little, too much, or about the right amount of money on improving and protecting the environment? (82-10) (ENVMT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ENVMT from Houston Area Survey, 2010LEARN MORE
    • As a national program, do you think were now spending too little, too much, or about the right amount of money on improving and protecting the environment? (ENVMT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ENVIRON from Four-State Church Involvement Study, 1988LEARN MORE
    • Here are a few questions about politics. -- Should the federal government spend more or less on protecting the environment? (ENVIRON) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NTENVY_1 from General Social Survey Panel Data (2006 Sample)LEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. B. The environment (NATENVIY_1) (NTENVY_1) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NTENVY_2 from General Social Survey Panel Data (2006 Sample)LEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. B. The environment (NATENVIY_2) (NTENVY_2) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NTENVY_3 from General Social Survey Panel Data (2006 Sample)LEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. B. The environment (NATENVIY_3) (NTENVY_3) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NTENVR_1 from General Social Survey Panel Data (2006 Sample)LEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. B. Improving and protecting the environment (NATENVIR_1) (NTENVR_1) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NTENVR_2 from General Social Survey Panel Data (2006 Sample)LEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. B. Improving and protecting the environment (NATENVIR_2) (NTENVR_2) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NTENVR_3 from General Social Survey Panel Data (2006 Sample)LEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. B. Improving and protecting the environment (NATENVIR_3) (NTENVR_3) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SPENVIRO from General Social Survey, 1990LEARN MORE
    • Listed below are various areas of government spending. Please indicate whether you would like to see more or less government spending in each area. Remember that if you say much more, it might require a tax increase to pay for it. The environment. (SPENVIRO) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SPENVIRO from General Social Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • Listed below are various areas of government spending. Please indicate whether you would like to see more or less government spending in each area. Remember that if you say much more, it might require a tax increase to pay for it. A. The environment. (SPENVIRO) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SPENVIRO from General Social Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • Listed below are various areas of government spending. Please indicate whether you would like to see more or less government spending in each area. Remember that if you say much more, it might require a tax increase to pay for it. A. The environment. (SPENVIRO) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SPNDENV from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q38a. How do you feel about current government spending on the following? Improving and protecting the environment (SPNDENV) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • V083151 from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008LEARN MORE
    • (What about) protecting the environment? (Should federal spending on protecting the environment be increased, decreased, or kept about the same?) (V083151) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIY from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. B. The environment (NATENVIY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIY from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. B. The environment (NATENVIY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIY from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined, (Inapplicable Responses Coded as Missing)LEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. B. The environment (NATENVIY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIY from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money or about the right amount. B. The environment (NATENVIY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIY from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined - Instructional DatasetLEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money or about the right amount. B. The environment (NATENVIY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIY from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined, (Inapplicable Responses Coded as Missing)LEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money or about the right amount. B. The environment (NATENVIY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIY from General Social Survey, 1988LEARN MORE
    • Spending on the environment (NATENVIY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIY from General Social Survey, 1990LEARN MORE
    • Are we spending too much, too little, or about the right amount on: The environment? (NATENVIY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIY from General Social Survey, 1991LEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. Are we spending too much, too little, or about the right amount on: The environment? (NATENVIY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIY from General Social Survey, 1993LEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. First are we spending too much, too little, or about the right amount on the environment? (NATENVIY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIY from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • Spending on the environment (NATENVIY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIY from General Social Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • Are we spending too much, too little, or about the right amount on the environment? (NATENVIY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIY from General Social Survey, 1998LEARN MORE
    • Spending on the environment (NATENVIY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIY from General Social Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • Spending on the environment (NATENVIY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIY from General Social Survey, 2002LEARN MORE
    • Spending on the environment (NATENVIY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIY from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Spending on the environment (NATENVIY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIY from General Social Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • Are we spending too much, too little, or about the right amount on (ITEM)? B. The environment (NATENVIY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIR from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. B. Improving and protecting the environment (NATENVIR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIR from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. B. Improving and protecting the environment (NATENVIR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIR from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined, (Inapplicable Responses Coded as Missing)LEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. B. Improving and protecting the environment (NATENVIR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIR from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money or about the right amount. B. Improving and protecting the environment (NATENVIR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIR from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined - Instructional DatasetLEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money or about the right amount. B. Improving and protecting the environment (NATENVIR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIR from General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined, (Inapplicable Responses Coded as Missing)LEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money or about the right amount. B. Improving and protecting the environment (NATENVIR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIR from General Social Survey, 1976LEARN MORE
    • Are we spending too much, too little, or about the right amount of money on: Improving and protecting the environment (NATENVIR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIR from General Social Survey, 1978LEARN MORE
    • Are we spending too much, too little, or about the right amount of money on: Improving and protecting the environment (NATENVIR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIR from General Social Survey, 1988LEARN MORE
    • Spending on improving and protecting the environment (NATENVIR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIR from General Social Survey, 1990LEARN MORE
    • Are we spending too much, too little, or about the right amount on: Improving and protecting the environment? (NATENVIR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIR from General Social Survey, 1991LEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. Are we spending too much, too little, or about the right amount on: Improving and protecting the environment? (NATENVIR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIR from General Social Survey, 1993LEARN MORE
    • We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. Im going to name some of these problems, and for each one Id like you to tell me whether you think were spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. First are we spending too much, too little, or about the right amount on improving and protecting the environment? (NATENVIR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIR from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • Spending on improving and protecting the environment (NATENVIR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIR from General Social Survey, 1996LEARN MORE
    • Are we spending too much, too little, or about the right amount on improving and protecting the environment? (NATENVIR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIR from General Social Survey, 1998LEARN MORE
    • Spending on improving and protecting the environment (NATENVIR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIR from General Social Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • Spending on improving and protecting the environment (NATENVIR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIR from General Social Survey, 2002LEARN MORE
    • Spending on improving and protecting the environment (NATENVIR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIR from General Social Survey, 2004LEARN MORE
    • Spending on improving and protecting the environment (NATENVIR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NATENVIR from General Social Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • Are we spending too much, too little, or about the right amount on (ITEM)? B. Improving and protecting the environment (NATENVIR) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • VCF9047 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004LEARN MORE
    • Improving and protecting the environment (see federal spending question text and notes preceding VCF0886) (VCF9047) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
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