Most Americans are willing to pay an additional $200 a year in taxes to help clean up the environment, but many people are confused over how to deal with the messy problem, a new survey shows.

A survey by Time magazine and Cable News Network, which was released Sunday, found that 80 percent of those asked agree with the statement: "There are so many contradictory things said about the environment that it is sometimes confusing to know what to do."It also found that 64 percent of the respondents regularly return cans or bottles to their recycling center, while 17 percent never do. Only 29 percent of those questioned said they avoid products from companies with poor environmental records.

Seventy percent said they would be willing to pay $200 more in taxes each year to help clean up the environment, while 25 percent said they wouldn't. And 44 percent said they'd be willing to pay an extra $500 in taxes earmarked for environmental projects.

Time and CNN questioned 1,000 adults in the survey, which was conducted Nov. 27 and 28. It had a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percent.

The majority of those surveyed - 64 percent - admitted that they "should be doing more" to clean up the environment.