Environmental issues: symbols and substance
Since Earth Day, which marked the emergence of environmental protection as a major popular issue, many studies have examined the extent of concern for environmental quality, whether it is growing, and who tends to be most concerned.1 Most of these studies assume that environmental concern is monolithic, or at least that environmental issues form a logical, interconnected whole in peoples' minds. Diversity, inconsistency, or contrariety among peoples' environmental viewpoints are rarely emphasized. Researchers differ, however, as to what associations underlie this comprehensive attitude about the environment. For instance, some authors suggest that the public's perception of the seriousness of certain pollution problems is directly related to the actual level of pollution that exists.2 Others believe that the public's concern with the environment re____________________
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Publication information: Book title: A Policy Approach to Political Representation:Lessons from the Four Corners States. Contributors: Helen M. Ingram - Author, Nancy K. Laney - Author, John R. McCain - Author. Publisher: Resources for the Future. Place of publication: Baltimore. Publication year: 1980. Page number: 133.