This article is part of a series on the May 2014 Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll.
There's a whole lot that Americans don't think they can change. Most Americans don't think they can do much to reduce taxes and government spending. More than half of Americans don't think there's much they can do to keep college affordable. Acting to protect privacy and Social Security benefits is a toss-up.
But there is one issue that a large majority of Americans actually thinks it can influence: protecting the environment.
According to a new Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll, 78 percent of Americans think that the average citizen has "some" or a "great deal" of ability to make a difference on the environment through his or her own actions. That's the highest for any issue polled. You can see the full results here:The number is striking, especially when compared with how helpless most Americans feel when it comes to changing their government.
It's not like Americans aren't worried about the state of the environment. It's not just the actions the White House is currently taking on climate change, or this spring's ultra-gloomy United Nations report. While Americans are split on whether the country is headed in the right or wrong direction on environmental protection according to the Heartland poll, Americans know that where we are right now isn't right.