12 March 2010

New Gallup poll shows Americans less worried about global warming


A new poll released by Gallup shows that over the last two years the American public has become less worried with the idea of global warming. Additionally they are less convinced that we are already experiencing the effects and more likely to believe that scientists are not sure about its occurrence.

When asked, “Thinking about what is said in the news, in your view is the seriousness of global warming generally exaggerated, generally correct, or is it generally underestimated,” 48% of the respondents believe that the seriousness of global warming is exaggerated. That number is up from 41% in 2009 and 31% in 1997.

More than half, 53%, of Americans still believe global warming is real, saying the effects have already begun or will do so within a few years. That number is falling, however, with 65% believing the same in 2008.

Meanwhile, only 32% believe that global warming is going to affect them during their lifetimes, down from a high of 40% in 2008.

As far as the cause of global warming, Americans are divided, 50% point to human activities as the cause while 46% say natural causes are to blame.

The poll was part of Gallup’s annual update on Americans’ attitudes toward the environment. The results are based on a random sample of 1014 adults who participated in a telephone interview that was conducted March 4-7, 2010.

To view the Gallup poll in its entirety, visit gallup.com.

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