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Poll: Americans not as green

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by Staff Writers
New York (UPI) Jan 11, 2011
The greening of America isn't what it once was, as a new Harris Interactive poll indicates a decrease in "green" behavior since 2009.

A comparison between the 2010 and 2009 surveys indicated adults in 2010 were less likely to incorporate eco-friendly behavior in their daily lives, results indicated.

Results released Monday by the New York polling agency indicated U.S. residents in 2010 were less likely to:

-- Make an effort to use less water; 57 percent in 2010 to 60 percent in 2009.

-- Buy locally grown produce; 33 percent in 2010, 39 percent in 2009.

-- Buy locally manufactured products; 23 percent in 2010, 26 percent in 2009.

-- Buy organic products, or compost food and organic waste; both 15 percent in 2010, 17 percent in 2009.

Americans also were less likely to embrace a green attitude last year over 2009. Thirty-six percent of adults said they were concerned about the planet they are leaving for future generations, compared to 43 percent who expressed such a concern in 2009, the Harris Poll said.

Last year, only 28 percent of adults cited environmental issues as very or extremely important to them when deciding for whom to vote, compared 36 percent of adults saying environmental issues were important to them politically in 2009.

Results are based on a Harris Poll online survey of 2,352 U.S. adults conducted Nov. 8-15. No margin of error was calculated.

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