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About two thirds of people believe their government and business leaders are not taking the rights steps or at the right pace to prevent global climate change, according to a joint Reuters/Ipsos international poll.
The survey of about 24,000 people in 23 countries, conducted in the lead up to, during and following the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December last year, found 65% of respondents were not happy with the progress and actions to date to conserve the environment.
Only 35% said their government and business leaders were doing the right thing — and only three countries would get passing grades on their environmental credentials from their citizens.
"It's clear that global citizens are underwhelmed by the leadership shown by their own government and business leaders in tackling what they perceive to be a serious threat to the world and themselves," said John Wright, senior vice president of public affairs from market research company Ipsos.
"The outcome of the recent climate conference in
More than 20 countries, including
Officials acknowledge privately that the mandatory system for enforcing emissions curbs created by the 1997
The following results table from the Reuters/Ipsos poll begins with the countries where citizens are least likely to agree "that their government and business leaders are taking the right steps and pace to prevent global climate change":
United States 38% 62%
Japan 45% 55%
About 1,000 individuals participated on a country by country basis via an Ipsos (http://www.ipsos.com) online panel with weighting employed to balance demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflected that of the adult population according to the most recent country census data.
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