Which preposition(s) can be used with “sentiment” in the following context?

The general public’s sentiment [preposition] environmental issues changed over time.

I am aware of the following options, but am not sure which to use, whether any is appropriate, or whether this list is exhaustive:

  • sentiment about an issue
  • sentiment towards an issue
  • sentiment on an issue
  • sentiment concerning an issue

As far as I understand sentiment for would express something close to a feeling of pity, rather than the more general concept of emotions people express in relation to a topic.

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In general all the prepositions are valid with the word. In the given context, towards seems more popular. Also, regarding, which I would prefer over all other alternatives.

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    Yes - regarding definitely rings most true to me as well. Feb 27, 2019 at 15:25

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