Conversely though, the public is still trusting of Republicans when it comes to issues of terrorism and the economy.
Hennessy said many of these generalizations by voters stems from what he calls "rational ignorance."
"A lot of people think it's smarter not to know stuff because they're so busy," said Hennessy. "It's easier not to learn everything about the environment, and so the issues become superficial. It's easier to say you don't have the time because you have to take your Dad to the doctor or you have to buy diapers for your baby."
Green tastes good
While the average person may not be an expert on the environment, the event at SCCC made it clear that "going green" is on more people's minds than ever before, especially when it comes to local and organic foods.
"There's a food movement, and it's happening," said Dick Shave, a board member for the Troy Waterfront Farmers' Market, a member of the Regional Farm and Food Project and a self-proclaimed food activist. At an informational table, Shave talked with students and staff about the importance of eating locally and supporting local farmers.
Shave is a proponent of the "100 Mile Diet," which espouses eating foods produced within 100 miles of the dieters' home. The idea of the diet is to bolster local food supply while reducing the pollution of long-distance food transport.
Shave said that eating locally also means eating fresh and eating healthy.
Shave, who is also a former student in SCCC's culinary program, said he was working with school officials to bring more of a local focus into the kitchen.
"In Italy and France, it's all about locality and local branding," said Shave. "You can go to a restaurant and order something and the staff goes out to the garden out back to get the ingredients.""