ERIC Number: ED135684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Support for Economic Growth and Environmental Protection 1973-1975.
Marsh, C. Paul; Christenson, James A.
This study investigates preferences of public support for allocation of expenditures toward environmental controls or toward economic growth from 1973-1975. The author considered four previously noted correlates of environmental support--education, family income, place of residence, and political orientation. Two state-wide surveys were conducted to examine the environmental control/economic growth question. Both North Carolina surveys were conducted in the same manner. In 1973 and 1975, questionnaires were mailed to 5,082 heads of households. These residents were asked whether they wanted less, the same, or more tax dollars allocated to air pollution and water pollution control. Findings indicate that there was a significant decrease in the desired level of public support for both items, although there was a significant increase in desired expenditures to promote agricultural and industrial development. As suggested by previous literature, education was positively correlated with support for air and water pollution controls. Contrary to most findings, however, income was not consistently related to support for either item. In summary, support for environmental controls decreased while support for economic development increased from 1973-75, indicating that reaction to public issues responds quickly to societal situations. Changes in the situation of the population between 1973 and 1975 seem to have been great enough to have similar impact on the public responses to environmental issues regardless of socioeconomic differences. A list of references concludes the document. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (New York, New York, August 26-29, 1976)