- 58% of Spaniards unhappy with Spain's efforts to preserve the environment
- 39% satisfied with their country's efforts
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As the 2019 U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP25) talks open in Madrid, nearly six in 10 Spaniards (58%) are dissatisfied with their country's efforts to preserve the environment, while nearly four in 10 (39%) say they are satisfied. Both of the most current figures are in line with sentiment in Spain over the past several years.
Spaniards have been more dissatisfied than satisfied with their country's efforts to preserve the environment in most years of Gallup's trend since 2006, often by wide margins.
Only once did Spaniards' satisfaction top their dissatisfaction -- and then it did so barely. In 2013, in the midst of government-instituted austerity measures in response to the country's budget deficit, 50% of Spanish adults were satisfied, while almost as many (45%) said they were dissatisfied. Concerns about cuts to social and other government services were likely more top of mind to Spaniards at the time than efforts to preserve the environment.
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