Public perceptions of environmental problems facing Galveston Bay: Findings from the 1996 Texas Environmental Survey
Funded in 1990 and 1992 by grants from the Margaret Cullinan Wray Lead Annuity Trust and the Texas Environmental Center, in 1994 by the Southwestern Bell Foundation, and in 1996 by Rice University's Energy Environmental Systems Institute and the Galveston Bay Estuary Program, the Department of Sociology at Rice University recently completed its fourth biennial statewide scientific survey of environmental concerns. The actual interviews were conducted in Spanish and English, from 14 November to 4 December 1996 by Telesurveys of Texas, a Houston research firm. A representative sample of 1001 Texans from across the state participated in interviews focused on a variety of questions relating both to environmental concerns and to political issues. Additional oversample surveys were conducted in 1996, with funding support from the Galveston Bay Estuary Program, extending the survey to residents of the five counties surrounding Galveston Bay (Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, and Liberty) and new questions were added having to do with ecotourist activities and awareness of non-point source pollution problems.