People make subjective judgments about the severity of environmental problems and on future land use relying on certain information, and on their experiences with the problem.
This article examines perceptions of the severity of environmental problems, willingness to expend future funds to solve these problems, and future land use for the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina as a function of race.
The null hypothesis that there are no racial differences in perceptions was tested.
Of those interviewed, 23% of the 399 people were black, 75% were white, and 2% identified themselves as other.
Blacks were significantly more willing than whites to spend federal funds to solve environmental problems such as cleaning up the SRS and Superfund sites, fixing ozone depletion, and reducing the threats from radon and high-tension power lines.
There were statistically significant racial differences in preferences for future land use at the SRS, with blacks having a higher preference for using it as a preserve, and whites having a higher preference for a research park, camping, hiking, and hunting.
These results indicate that the environmental concerns of the blacks interviewed were equal to or stronger than those of the whites.
This is in contrast to much of previously published work that shows that blacks exhibit lower concerns and actions than whites for environmental problems.
Mots-clés Pascal : Enquête opinion, Protection environnement, Ethnie, Caroline du Sud, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Perception, Attitude, Opinion publique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Opinion inquiry, Environmental protection, Ethnic group, South Carolina, United States, North America, America, Perception, Attitude, Public opinion
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0147454
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 21/07/1998.