In 2000, 15% of the French placed the "global warming" as their top concern in the environmental field. Four years later, they are 31% (one reply from a choice of seven). During the same period, the share of people placing the air pollution at the forefront of going 22 16% to%. Even down the item "nuclear waste", up from 22 17% to%. Other environmental issues proposed to respondents are subject to a less clear trend: "the water pollution" (16% in 2000, 14% in 2004), "the degradation of fauna and flora" (10 10% and%) and "household waste" (6 8% and%) remain fairly stable in the barometer, while "noise" password 8 3% to%. The TNS Sofres polls each year on behalf of Lyonnaise des Eaux, a representative sample of citizens and elected French.
This barometer also provides a comparison with three other European countries. Our neighbors put the "global warming" even higher than the French on the scale of their concerns: 34% of Germans describe him as the most important environmental problem, and this is even the case of 37% of Spaniards and 38% of Britons.
Another lesson of this survey: nearly one in two French (44%) still think that wastewater "are cleared in sewage plants before returning to the drinking water network" against 42% who know that discharges from treatment plants are discharged into the environment. This rate of misconceptions remains fairly stable from one year to another.
Same stability for the opinion on the price of water: in 2004, there is always 79% of French who find it "very" or "quite high," an almost constant rate since 1999.
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