More than a dozen states have passed laws restricting outdoor air pollution in response to the worst U.S. summer on record, and a new poll shows Americans are increasingly concerned about what that air pollution could do to their health.
The poll, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, finds that 56 percent of Americans say their air is more polluted now than at any time in the past decade, including an 18-point increase among Republicans.
Only 20 percent of Democrats agree with that statement, the poll found.
And the poll shows a slight decline among independents in the same poll.
More than half of those polled said they are less likely to breathe in pollution than in the previous year.
The survey, conducted in May and June, found that nearly one in three Americans surveyed say they are more concerned about the health effects of pollution than they were in July, when the U.N. said it was time to raise international limits on greenhouse gas emissions.
The latest poll comes amid the U