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Seven in 10 people in 34 countries support global rules to stop plastic pollution
Over 23,000 adults across 34 countries were surveyed to determine their support for global plastic pollution rules.
The report by IPSOS highlighted a global belief in the importance that the treaty include five measures: ban unnecessary single-use plastics, ban difficult-to-recycle plastics, create and enforce producer responsibility regulations, create rules to enforce the use of recycled plastic in products, and clarify plastic labelling.
An average of 70% people across 34 countries support a treaty that creates global rules for governments to end plastic pollution, according to the Global attitudes towards a plastic pollution treaty report by Ipsos.
Undertaken in conjunction with the Plastic Free Foundation and WWF, the survey was conducted among 23,029 adults under the age of 75 across 34 countries via Ipsos’ Global Advisor online platform.
The United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) has committed to an internationally binding treaty to combat plastic pollution by 2024. The details and scope of such a treaty have not yet been defined.
Seven in 10 support a treaty that sets global rules
Support for a treaty creating global rules for governments to end plastic pollution is highest in Latin America (77%) and Europe (72%), and lowest in North America (60%). The highest level of support for such a treaty is seen in Peru and Colombia (both 81%), while support is lowest in Japan (48%) and the United States (58%).
Ipsos Australia Public Affairs Director, Stuart Clark, said: “Our previous survey showed that ninety percent of people in the countries surveyed support an international treaty to stop plastic pollution. This new research highlights strong support for all countries agreeing to the same set of global rules.”
Stuart Clark, Nov 23, 2022, IPSOS.com.