The 'Outside' 2012 Reader Poll: Environment

Not that surprising: nearly all of you care about the health of the planet, and you're making lifestyle choices accordingly. Not surprising whatsoever: you're really tired of Al Gore.

A conifer forest in the Swiss Alps.     Photo: Wikimedia Commons

I BELIEVE GLOBAL WARMING EXISTS:
13.8% No
86.2% Yes

OF THOSE WHO RESPONDED "YES":
I BELIEVE GLOBAL WARMING IS CAUSED BY:
77.3% Human action
22.7% Natural cycles

DO YOU THINK THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD SUBSIDIZE RENEWABLE-ENERGY DEVELOPMENT?
81.5% Yes
18.5% No

I THINK BILL MCKIBBEN IS:
12.3% David to ExxonMobil's Goliath
11.0% A hero
73.4% Who is Bill McKibben?
03.4% A rube

SIGNS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ARE:
12.3% Manufactured by the media
22.5% All around us but no big deal
65.2% All around us and frightening

I WORRY MOST ABOUT THE HEALTH OF OUR:
50.1% Oceans
21.8% Air
20.6% Rivers
03.7% Soil
03.8% I don't worry about any of them

WHICH ENVIRONMENTAL CELEBRITY TURNS YOU OFF THE MOST?
58.4% Al Gore
41.6% Leonardo DiCaprio

HAS THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT MADE ANY PROGRESS IN THE PAST 25 YEARS?
09.6% No
90.4% Yes

ENVIRONMENTALISTS ARE:
65.3% Fighting the good fight
17.8% Inspiring
16.9% Self-righteous and annoying

DO YOU KNOW WHAT FRACKING IS?
87.5% Yes
12.5% No

IF SO, WHAT'S YOUR STANCE ON IT?
07.5% Drill, baby, drill
42.0% It's a necessary evil
50.5% It should be banned

DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF AN ENVIRONMENTALIST?
66.1% Yes
33.9% No

WHICH STEPS WOULD YOU TAKE TO HELP CURTAIL CLIMATE CHANGE?
95.6% Recycle
82.8% Switch to energy-efficient lightbulbs
65.8% Bike to work
62.9% Avoid using plastic bags and water bottles
30.8% Travel less
03.5% Host monthly screenings of An Inconvenient Truth
02.2% Stop washing clothes
02.1% None of these

*Results based on an online survey taken June 12-17, 2012, by 2,635 dedicated readers.

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