“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.

Question for Republicans in congress. How many more important electoral issues do you want to be on the losing side of?


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.


10 Responses to ““Vast majority” of Americans Know Climate Change is Real, Caused by Man”

  1. petermogensen Says:

    Is it just me, or did almost every line in that interview sound like it was scripted?

    They must have done, like, 17 takes of this before this one.

  2. […] 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 h…  […]

  3. andrewfez Says:


    They should run a poll where they show folks where their tax money is going, then ask ’em about things like oil wars and such.

    According to the site, using my 2011 W2, I paid about a thousand bucks for ‘ongoing operations’ in the Defense subcategory, probably a big chunk of that going to oil wars/supply protection. I only paid about 50 bucks each for NASA and for NSF/government labs. I only paid 70 bucks for ‘environmental protection’, etc.

    If that tax breakdown site isn’t a credible argument for reworking our energy infrastructure to a fossil free operation, not even taking into account global warming, then….

    P.S. I’m paying 900 bucks a year for Medicaid and CHIP – What the? That’s a lot! I had no idea…

  4. MorinMoss Says:

    Shouldn’t that be Wendy “Coke” not Wendy “Koch”?
    It would be terribly ironic if she were related to those other, better known, “Cokes”.

    I’m not putting too much faith in polls – Average Joe is terribly fickle. But if enough of them believe firmly enough to change the lifestyle, that’s all good.

    If they sort-of believe but fight it with a bigger AC unit, then we’re all neck-deep in it.

  5. astrostevo Says:

    Sadly, you in the States could now be doing better than us here in Australia where now have Tony Abbott who is a climate change denier and is currently trying to abolish our carbon (“tax”) price as his first act of Parliament and is also scrapping environmental and science bodies left, right and centre and is refusing to send any ministers to the new Warsaw climate summit.

    From what I’ve heard / read in a few places elsewhere, Canada also has a climate change denier in charge in its PM Harper. The political situation and prospects of action still seem, well, depressing.

    Political change towards more action to slow Global Overheating can’t come soon enough.

  6. Peter Mizla Says:

    The average person still remains largely i the dark about climate change- any hope of peaking emissions in the next few years is off the table- until we begin to see a huge change in our climate causing massive discomfort, nothing will change.

  7. Peter Joseph Says:

    A carbon tax would surely change the landscape and debate.

  8. timl2k11 Says:

    It’s not “Climate Change” it is anthropogenic global warming. Call it what it is. We have the IPCC, but it should be the IPGW. Its acronym reflects its political underpinnings.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: