Voters say climate more urgent than economy

British voters think that taking action against climate change matters more than tackling the global economic downturn, according to a Guardian poll. When asked whether the government's priority should be addressing the environment or the economy, 52% said the environment and 44% said the economy.

The results seem to contradict the assumption that green issues are seen as a "luxury", the report commented.

Almost two-thirds of those questioned also backed the idea of introducing green taxes to discourage actions that harm the environment: 63% support new taxes, 35% are firmly against them.

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