A statewide survey by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California shows that air pollution is the top environmental issue for California today. According to CentralValleyBusinessTimes.com, air pollution has been a topic discussed since 2000. But according to the survey, it’s importance declined by 33 percent in the year 2000.
Also concerning Californians is water supply, energy, oil drilling and water pollution. Just like last year, 25 percent of Californians think air pollution in their area is a “big problem.” In Los Angeles, Inland Empire and Central Valley residents think it is a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” health threat. Also concerning was the survey result overall finding that 43 percent of Californians say they or an immediate family member has asthma or another respiratory problem.
Most (70 percent) are interested in seeing better air pollution standards on new cars. The percentages start to separate when politics get involved though – as 86 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of Independents and 45 percent of Republicans want to see the changes made to pollution standards on cars.
This survey was done from 2,502 adults living in California in July 6th through 20th. The survey was funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Air pollution is an important topic, and making changes to new cars certainly could make some changes to this. What are your thoughts? Do you feel that changing new cars is the top way to improve air pollution? What other ways could air pollution be improved? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.