HIGH POINT, N.C., April 19, 2011 ? As the nation celebrates Earth Week and Arbor Day in April, the Survey Research Center at High Point University has found in a recent poll that most North Carolinians are at least somewhat concerned about the current state of the environment, and they?re making some conscious efforts to improve it.On a scale of zero to 10, with zero being ?not at all concerned? and 10 being ?extremely concerned,? the plurality – 31 percent – said they were (10) extremely concerned about the effects of human activity on the environment. Of the 569 survey participants, most answers fell between 10 and five on the scale, while only 3 percent said they were (0) not at all concerned.Activities that have been promoted as environmentally friendly in recent years such as carpooling to work on a monthly basis weren?t popular with participants as 84 percent said they did not carpool to work. However, 88 percent said they recycle paper, plastic and aluminum products on a regular basis, and 65 percent said they bought an Energy Star-rated item in the last year.Forty-six percent said they regularly buy organic, hormone-free and non-genetically modified foods.Dr. Daniel Hall, assistant professor of economics, and Dr. Mike McCully, associate professor of economics, are using the results as preliminary research as it relates to an economics study of resolving environmental issues.?Our preliminary research involves looking at these results to see if the level of a person?s connection to society affects their level of concern for the environment,? says Hall.The High Point University Survey Research Center fielded the survey from March 21 ? March 31, 2011. The responses came from 569 adults with landline telephones in North Carolina selected by a Random Digit Dial (RDD) method giving the survey a margin of sampling error of approximately 4.3 percentage points.At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among ?America?s Best Colleges.? Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.
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