In this case, the results are less interesting than the phrasing of the question. What percent responded “hardly serious at all”?

As you know, residents near the Love Canal, in the Niagara Falls, New York area, were reported to have stillbirths, cancer, deformed children, and chromosome damage as a result of the dumping of hazardous chemical wastes. The people who live near Love Canal want to move out and are suing the chemical company there and the federal government for $3 billion for damages done to them. How serious a problem do you think the dumping of toxic chemicals is in the country today-very serious, only somewhat serious, or hardly serious at all?

Two percent responded “hardly serious at all.”