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Poll: Fewer Believe In ‘Global Warming’

From a gobsmacked Associate Press:

Poll: Americans’ belief in global warming cools

By Dina Cappiello, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – The number of Americans who believe there is solid evidence the Earth is warming because of pollution is at its lowest point in three years, according to a survey released Thursday.

The poll of 1,500 adults by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that only 57 percent believe there is strong scientific evidence the Earth has gotten hotter over the past few decades, and as a result, people are viewing the situation as less serious. That’s down from 77 percent in 2006, and 71 percent in April 2008.

The steepest drop occurred during the past year, as Congress and the Obama administration have taken steps to control heat-trapping emissions for the first time and international negotiations for a new treaty to slow global warming have been under way. At the same time, there has been mounting scientific evidence of climate change — from melting ice caps to the world’s oceans hitting the highest monthly recorded temperatures this summer.

The poll was released a day after 18 scientific organizations wrote Congress to reaffirm the consensus behind global warming. A federal government report Thursday found that global warming is upsetting the Arctic’s thermostat.

But while the evidence appears clear, only about a third, or 36 percent of the poll respondents feel that human activities — such as pollution from power plants, factories and automobiles — are behind a temperature increase. That’s the first decline since 2006.

"The priority that people give to pollution and environmental concerns and a whole host of other issues is down because of the economy and because of the focus on other things," said Andrew Kohut, the director of the research center, which conducted the poll from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4. "When the focus is on other things, people forget and see these issues as less grave."

Andrew Weaver, a professor of climate analysis at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, said politics could be drowning out scientific awareness.

"It’s a combination of poor communication by scientists, a lousy summer in the Eastern United States, people mixing up weather and climate and a full-court press by public relations firms and lobby groups trying to instill a sense of uncertainty and confusion in the public," he said.

Despite misgivings about the science, half the respondents still say they support limits on greenhouse gases, even if they could lead to higher energy prices, and a majority — 56 percent — feel the United States should join other countries in setting standards to address global climate change

Earlier polls, from different organizations, have not detected a growing skepticism about the science behind global warming.

Since 1997, the percentage of Americans that believe the Earth is heating up has remained constant — at around 80 percent — in polling done by Jon Krosnick of Stanford University. Krosnick, who has been conducting surveys on attitudes about global warming since 1993 was surprised by the Pew results.

He described the decline in the Pew results as "implausible," saying there is nothing that could have caused it.

Something must be done!

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 22nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Poll: Fewer Believe In ‘Global Warming’”

  1. canary says:

    According to Gore we should all be dead by now, and maybe people have realised no increase in temperatures. Now my Obombie servant neighbor says we need hotter temperatures if we are going to be saved. I’d have asked why, but it’s best to run.

  2. proreason says:

    “polling done by Jon Krosnick of Stanford University. Krosnick, who has been conducting surveys on attitudes about global warming since 1993 was surprised by the Pew results. ”

    It makes sense that he would be surprised.

    He believes in the voodoo. Therefore, he is, by definition, an idiot.

  3. TwilightZoned says:

    Hopefully, more and more REAL scientists will begin speaking out against this man-made crisis to redistribute even more money into the elitists pockets.

  4. jbartlett23 says:

    As far as genuine scientific opinion is concerned, any scientist who has looked at the data of what is so-called predictions of “global-warming” will be unconvinced, to say the least. This is not that scientists are inherently skeptics, but there is something lacking in the analysis that seems to have been done on the earth, particularly, that models cannot be taken as truths.

    It is a real shame that the media has reported “a scientific consensus” on global warming. Simply not true. Those who do not speak out are afraid of funding being cut. The few who do are ostracized not by the scientific community, but by those who review funding.

    This global warming fiasco will surely prove to be one of the greatest “scientific” blunders ever committed.

  5. joeblough says:

    Andrew Weaver, a professor of climate analysis at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, said politics could be drowning out scientific awareness.

    Ya think?

  6. Cincinnatus says:

    An opinion poll of what the public believes about climate change is as meaningless as a poll of what climate scientists believe. Scientific truth is oblivious to who believes what and why.

    I despair that any sanity will ever be part of this discussion. The environmental fascists have made this issue impossible to debate using reason and logic.


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