Cooling attitudes on global warming: How do your beliefs compare?


Earth seen from space
ow do your beliefs compare with these?

NASA’s new report on global warming appears to add incontrovertible evidence of human-caused climate change. (Scroll down to read yesterday’s discussion of the report.)

But the report will be met with scorn and skepticism by many Americans. There is a growing gulf between scientific findings and what Americans believe about the environment.

Only one-third of Americans (35%) at the end of 2009 saw global warming as a very serious problem, according to the Pew Center. This was down from 44 a year before.

Only a third of Americans (36%) now see human activity, such as burning fossil fuels, as a chief cause of global warming. In 2008, it was almost half (47%).

Just over one-half of Americans (57%) see solid evidence of rising global temperatures, compared with 71% in 2008.

Americans of all political stripes have cooling attitudes about global warming—Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.

In 2006, the majority of each of these groups felt there was solid evidence of global warming, ranging from 91% of Democrats to 59% of Republicans. Now, only a third of Republicans and 75% of Democrats believe the same.

During the same three-year period, beliefs that human activity causes global warming also cooled. A mere 18% of Republicans now believe this, compared with 31% in 2006. Democrats have cooled a little, from 57% to 50%.

How do your beliefs compare with these? Like so many Americans, have you become more skeptical of global warming?
If so, what’s changing your mind?


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