Americans tend to be 'passive environmentalists,' says public opinion analyst

Public opinion analyst Karlyn Bowman said in an interview that aired on Tuesday that more Americans tend to be "passive environmentalists" than "active" ones.   

"I'm not convinced that we're more than passive environmentalists," Bowman, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on Hill.TV's "What America's Thinking" on Monday. 

"If you ask, as Gallup has done for many years, whether you consider yourself active, sympathetic, most people say they're sympathetic to these questions," she continued. 

"You still get about 15 percent saying they're active, and so I haven't seen those numbers change in a long time," she said. 

The last time Gallup asked the question was in 2017. 

That poll found that 17 percent of respondents said they were "active participants" in the environmental movement, while 45 percent said they were "sympathetic." 

The environmentalist movement has grown since 2017, with more attention being put on combating climate change. 

A Gallup poll conducted last month found that 66 percent of Americans surveyed said they believe global warming is caused by human activity, while 44 percent said they worry "a great deal" about global warming. 

— Julia Manchester