Friday, 21 March 2014

CLIMATE CHANGE LEAVES AMERICANS COLD SAYS SURVEY

When it comes to climate change, Americans aren't exactly hot and bothered. A Gallup survey released Wednesday finds that climate change ranks almost dead last on a list of 15 national priorities, slightly ahead of "race relations." Just 24 percent of respondents said that they worry about climate change a "great deal," while 26 percent said they worry about it a "fair amount." A full 56 percent of respondents said they only worry about climate change "a little" or "not at all." According to the survey, the findings mark "the lowest level of worry about the environment more broadly since Gallup began measuring this in 2001. --Stephen Calabria, The Huffington Post, 12 March 2014 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/12/climate-change_n_4949266.html?utm_hp_ref=green)
One of the most interesting, and to many most important, public opinion puzzles of our time is the evidence that the American public simply does not share a sense of urgency or a perception of the need for urgent a_ction on the issue of climate change. Our recent report (http://www.gallup.com/poll/167879/not-global-warming-serious-threat.aspx)  on how worried Americans are about a list of 15 issues shows that the quality of the environment and climate change were only one away from the bottom of the list. Almost no one mentions the environment or climate change in response to our question asking them to name the most important problem (http://www.gallup.com/poll/167873/americans-cite-jobs-economy-gov-top-problems.aspx)  facing the country. This is puzzling to many people who believe that global warming is one of the most important issues facing humankind. --Frank Newport, Editor-in-Chief of Gallup, 14 March 2014
(http://pollingmatters.gallup.com/2014/03/why-are-americans-not-more-worried.html)

Despite the increasing vehemence of climate change alarmism, people stubbornly refuse to get alarmed and indeed, opinion poll after opinion poll finds that climate catastrophe is now firmly stuck at the bottom of their list of concerns. But why? --The Pointman, 20 February 2014 (http://thepointman.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/why-isnt-the-alarmist-propaganda-working/)

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