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Results of Policy Interactive Poll #3 Interview N=33 unless otherwise stated
Respondent Selection Criteria Computer sort from Poll #1 (n=400) responses Respondents strongly agree or agree: -Our country better off if we all consume less -Econ. Downturn may be just what we need to reorder our values. -People who belong to enviro. orgs. are extremists. -Global warming is not a concern. Full sort = 80; Respondent callback consent = 65 Target 32 full interviews from peer reviewed interview instrument.
33 total interviews conducted by four interviewers: -Sam Porter, -Tom Bowerman -Stacy Vynne -Ezra Markowitz
This is slight decline from Poll 1 response (40/48), and shows higher “right direction” than our Poll 2 (31/55). Some comments: “We’re too liberal”; “Too many politicians”; “too much welfare”; “not enough free enterprise”; “lack of development of renewable energy” “political corruption”; “lack of respect for sanctity of life”; “too much government spending, not requiring individual responsibility”; “people having children they can’t support, children’s education”; “It’s the national economy, the loss of natural resource industries like fishing and logging, the price of diesel”; “loss of jobs”;
C 1 Yes or No, “Our Country would be a better place if we all consumed less” 100% yes compared to 87% in original poll n=
(C 3) How do you see our country being a better place if we consume less n= more time w/family & friends 9 less impact on environment 4 fairer distribution of resources 3 less dependency on foreign countries 3 less stress, less competition 2 stop chasing almighty dollar 2 less waste, disposal of garbage 2 save energy 2 better awareness of what we’re doing 2 better self esteem 1 better health 1 save money 1 less junk, clutter 1 more appreciation through fewer things 1 virtuous frugality 1 lower trade deficit 1
Should yourself reduce consumption? %
n= Drive less 10 Eat less Buy less 5 Walk C 4 a: “What comes to mind in terms of possible actions or decisions on your part to consume less? ” 4 3 Awareness/think about actions/prioritize real needs 3 Buy bulk/Avoid packaging 3 Tough question/hard to decide/DK/NA 3 Raise own food/self reliance 2 Buy durable items/things that last 2 Less toys 2 Already do pretty well 2 Sharing with others 2 Buy less expensive car 1 Be content with what I already have 1 No bottled water/make own lunch 1 Live closer to work 1 Shop by mail 1
% Representative comments: “It’ll hurt corporations but not individuals”; “It will balance out”; ‘If you need less, you work less’; “…how can the economy be "good" when we'll eventually hit the wall with consumption problems -- it may be a matter of definition. ”
Respondent comments: So, which is more important to you, you’re feeling that our country would be better off if we consumed less, or our country’s economy would be hurt if we all consumed less? 9 respondents view is that while we might suffer economically in the short term, we’d be better off in the long term : “it isn’t an either/or choice, it’s a transition…”; “it would be different…people get involved in community”; “economy will take care of self”; “relearning…restructure”; “gradually improve” • One person expressed thought that people need to have the economic opportunity (be able to make enough money) to decide to consume less.
Respondents offered some interesting ways that they are cutting back on costs, such as buying a motorcycle, sharing trips/bulk food with neighbors, and cutting up credit cards.
% Representative comments “oil companies would still raise prices”; “not a solution”; “it’s a start”;
% 11 Respondents support speed limit of 55 -60 Reasons for support (6) Reduce Gas/Fuel Consumption (5) Reduce accidents Reasons do not support reduced speed limit (6) people won’t obey (5) make own decisions/freedom to drive at higher speeds (2) not enough police to enforce need higher efficiency vehicles, not reduced speed time worth more than what save in fuel costs
% Reasons would not use public transportation even if improved: need more routes; don’t need/don’t drive; shouldn’t be told to take/matter of freedom
% “I don’t think it’s actually happening. I don’t think there are enough scientific results over an extended time period to convince me”; “I don't think that I can do anything personally”; “I think humans are not the primary cause. ”
WV 1 a. Could you please give me an example or two of why we need to reorder our values? Representative comments: less consumption, less reliance on stock market/money; less reliance on entertainment; better management of money; more responsibility and accountability; more time with family and community and less focus on the individual WV 1 b. What values do you think we need to reorder? Representative comments: family values, need to slow down/tone it down, value people over things, reorder monetary values, reorder govn’t values, honesty, integrity, responsibility and accountability; spiritual; cultural WV 1 cb. How severe of an economic downturn do you think we’d need to actually reorder our values? (12) Now is severe enough; (6) Great depression; (2) a point where we can’t be bailed out by govn’t; Need something else; Don’t know; People will reorder values when it effects them; People need to turn to God
% W 4 b. What faith or denomination do you most identify with, if any? christian baptist 5 catholic 3 protestant 3 pentecostal % 6 2 7 th day adventist 2 none 2 other 4