Last week’s poll: economy and environment

A report from 41 wildlife charities has criticised the Coalition’s environmental performance, saying that there’s a perception that environmental improvement is often at the cost of economic growth. How true is this?

A fairly even spread of opinion from the 420 respondents to last week’s poll. The largest group of respondents, around a third, said that the environment needs to be seen as a resource to be conserved, while the next largest, 27 per cent, chose the option saying that techniques to protect the environment could themselves be a business opportunity to earn income. A fifth of respondents thought that improving environmental performance often led to companies improving efficiency, but a similar proportion took the option saying that environmentalists’ demands put too much of a strain on businesses.