“Vast majority” of Americans Know Climate Change is Real, Caused by Man
November 14, 2013
New poll out of Stanford. Predictable response from one denialist blog: publish the pollsters phone number, invite trolls to heap threats, intimidation and abuse on him, and deny everything.(hint here as to who)
Even if the poll is too optimistic (from my perspective), it is spot on in terms of the direction this issue is moving.
Exhibit A: The President’s June address on climate, which you must know had to be thoroughly polled, focus grouped, and vetted months in advance. The hinge of history turned in 2012, and its not going back.
The vast majority of Americans in each of 40-plus states surveyed say global warming is real, serious and man-made, and the concerns tend to be slightly higher in coastal or drought-stricken areas, says an analysis out today.
At least 75% of U.S. adults say global warming has been happening, but the Stanford University research found that 84% or more took that view in states recently hit by drought — Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas — or vulnerable to sea-level rise: Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.
Despite intense debate in Congress on global warming, the research found broad public agreement on the issue and its remedies. Most say past warming has been caused largely by human activities — ranging from a low of 65% in Utah to a high of 92% in Rhode Island. Most also back government curbs on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants — from 62% in Utah to 90% in New Hampshire.
“The consistency of findings across states was especially surprising to me,” says author and professor Jon Krosnick, director of Stanford’s Political Psychology Research Group, adding the analysis is likely the first to offer state-by-state breakdowns. He plans to release the findings today on Capitol Hill.