Trump Effect: Republicans Double Down on Denial.

May 4, 2018

Climatechange a hoax – check. Obama from Kenya – check.  Mexico will pay for the wall – check. 

Departure from objective fact still a runaway train among “conservatives”.



Gallup’s annual survey about the environment, conducted March 1-8, found that Americans’ opinions about global warming, like many other issues, have increasingly become politically polarized.

President Donald Trump, who has called global warming a “hoax,” may have contributed to this widening divide by reversing a number of government actions to address the issue. These included the announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate accord, the removal of climate change from the list of top U.S. national security threats and the elimination of the terms “global warming” and “climate change” from U.S. government websites and lexicons.

In general, Democrats view global warming seriously, while Republicans view it skeptically:

  • Ninety-one percent of Democrats and 33% of Republicans say they worry a great deal or fair amount about global warming, but 67% of Republicans worry only a little or not at all.
  • While 82% of Democrats think global warming has already begun to happen, only 34% of Republicans agree. Rather, 57% of Republicans think it will not happen in their lifetime (25%) or will “never happen” (32%).
  • About seven in 10 Republicans (69%) think the seriousness of global warming is exaggerated in the news, 15% think it is generally correct and 15% say it is generally underestimated. Democrats, however, are much more likely to think the seriousness of global warming is underestimated (64%) or correct (32%), and just 4% say it is exaggerated.
  • Eighty-six percent of Democrats versus 42% of Republicans think most scientists believe global warming is occurring. The percentage of Republicans who say most scientists believe this is down 11 percentage points since last year.
  • Almost nine in 10 Democrats say increases in the Earth’s temperature over the last century are due to human activities more than natural changes in the environment. Just 35% of Republicans agree, while 63% attribute the temperature increases to natural environmental causes.
  • Four in five Republicans do not think global warming will pose a serious threat to them in their lifetime; two-thirds of Democrats think it will.

Below, former Cato Institute Climate denial pro Jerry Taylor explains what caused him to wake up.

4 Responses to “Trump Effect: Republicans Double Down on Denial.”

  1. Sir Charles Says:

    Seems to be the result of ever growing filter bubbles.

  2. J4Zonian Says:

    “In general, Democrats view global warming seriously, while Republicans view it skeptically:”

    No, Democrats view it skeptically and thus most accept the overwhelming weight of science on it. Republicans mostly view it with denial and disdain, thus believe whatever coal sludge their leaders are selling that day, no matter how ridiculous–it’s the sun, it’s not happening, yes it’s happening but it’s not our fault, yes maybe a little bit of it maybe is our fault but it’s the coloreds’ fault, yes, maybe it might be a problem someday on some planet but the answer is to build thousands of nukes in every cornfield. (Despite the fact that renewables now provide more power than nukes and are increasing while nukes are decreasing because half of them are leaking vast amounts of… money. In addition to whatever else.

    Can we pleas now stop worrying about hurting the feelings of psychotic fascist psychopaths and call things what they are?


    It’s a travesty to think that political propaganda and rhetoric are more suitably substituted for common sense and intelligent thinking…

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