Gallup: Americans less likely to view climate change as threat

Gallup: Americans less likely to view climate change as threat

Summary: Although a slight majority of U.S. residents still believe global warming is a serious personal concern, fewer are willing to admit that humans are at least partially responsible.

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Oh goody, a new Gallup poll for the politicians to play with over the weekend! The research organization is reporting that residents are really no more or less aware about climate change during 2010 than they were several years before, in 2007 and 2008.

In the United States, for example, the number of people say they know a great deal about global warming or climate change is off 1 percent to 96 percent. What is off significantly, however, is both the percentage of Americans who believe that global warming is a serious treat and the number of people who think that it comes from human causes or both human and natural causes.

You'll see that a majority of Americans do believe that global warming, outside of the cause, is a serious threat: 55 percent of the people surveyed in 2010 held that opinion, although that was off 9 percent from the previous polling period. We seem to be stalemated now as to whether humans have anything to do with global warming. Approximately 50 percent of the Gallup respondents held that view, off 11 percent from 2007-2008.

The Gallup data is drawn from different sets of data in the Top Five greenhouse gas-emitting countries. There were 1,005 interviews in the United States, 1,000 interviews in Japan, 4,151 interviews in China, 6,000 interviews in India and 4,000 interviews in Russia. The interviews took place late in 2010. The margin of error ranges from + o - 1.7 percentage points to + or - 3.9 percentage points.

None of these five countries are expected to adopt or embrace climate policies or come to any kind of deal about climate action before the Kyoto Protocol expires next year in 2012.

The citizens of Japan are more likely than U.S. citizens to be concerned about global warming: 77 percent view it as a serious personal threat and 88 percent believe it is at least partially due to human factors. These people were surveyed before the March tsunami.

The views of Russians were gathered at two different times in 2010: after the record heat wave there last summer, more of them were likely to see global warming as a serious threat (about the same number as Americans).

Far fewer Chinese survey respondents were aware of climate change or global warming, only about 65 percent. The ones who ARE aware of it see humans as being responsible: about 75 percent attribute global warming at least in part to human factors. BUT only 32 percent of the respondents see it as a personal threat.

The Indian survey respondents had the lowest awareness about climate change: Only 37 percent of the adults surveyed knew anything about it. Among those who were aware of the phenomenon, 83 percent believe it is a serious threat and 74 percent believe that global warming results from human causes/both human and natural causes.

Noted Gallup in its analysis:

"Residents in these countries may not necessarily agree about the severity of the risk or who is to blame, but previous Gallup surveys show they agree that developed and emerging nations should reduce emissions at the same time, rather than wait for one group to cut them first."

We'll see how this data plays out over the weekend, as the climate deniers will likely have a field day. Oh, wait, my electricity will be probably be out in New Jersey because of another extreme weather event (aka Hurricane Irene), so I will probably miss it.

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  • RE: Gallup: Americans less likely to view climate change as threat

    We are part of the problem, but it doesn't matter. We can't do without most of the things that produce greenhouse gases, and even assuming human civilization was sent back to the stone age tomorrow, everybody would be long dead before those gases left our atmosphere. Green technology will never be enough. We need an active system that can collect those greenhouse gases and jettison them into space, or something similar.
    Aerowind
    • RE: Gallup: Americans less likely to view climate change as threat

      @Aerowind
      LOL, so you are of the type that thinks carbon dioxide is so bad and will kill us all. Funny, but the plants love it. Funny, but we produce it with our own bodies. Funny, but the earth actually releases the heat more than the alarmists claim. Its not me saying this but NASA and their actual satellite data. Read for yourself: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2011/07/27/new-nasa-data-blow-gaping-hold-in-global-warming-alarmism/
      OhTheHumanity
      • RE: Gallup: Americans less likely to view climate change as threat

        @OhTheHumanity
        Your response about plants and our bodies [photosynthesis and respiration respectively] shows your complete ignorance of this topic. Your are probably one of the 96% of Americans that consider themselves to know a great deal about global climate change/warming. You know next to nothing about the topic and believe only those who tell you what you want to hear.
        carlson11
      • RE: Gallup: Americans less likely to view climate change as threat

        @OhTheHumanity
        Well I do do a quite bit of reading around the subject from scientists who are studying it with an open mind and not being funded by buddies of global warming. So I guess you didn't read the article I take it. Thats NASA saying this and not my dumb idiot self. So now I have another one for you to enjoy from CERN. Some of the top scientists in the world work here so maybe they are just dumb stupid idiots too, but they have a alot more tools to work with than I do, so lets see what they have to say(please read if you can stomach the facts): http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/25/cern_cloud_cosmic_ray_first_results/
        OhTheHumanity
      • RE: Gallup: Americans less likely to view climate change as threat

        @OhTheHumanity Yup Carbon Dioxide is good, so good in fact that you shouldn't waste it. I recommend you get a plastic bag and put it over your head so as to not get rid of the natural amount you produce in your own body. After all it's natural and therefore must be healthy and good for you right? After all the plants love the hell out of it, maybe you should put a fern under that plastic bag with you.<br><br>All that article says is that the atmosphere bleeds off more heat than originally thought, not that the impact of our carbon emissions is a non issue. So we might not be trapping as much heat as we originally thought, we're still pumping carbon monoxide into the atmosphere amongst other toxic pollutants that we regularly dump into the soil and water. I suppose though that oil spills and fertilizer run off into places like the Salton Sea should be discounted because oil is natural right? It comes from the planet and therefore cannot be a pollutant. Same with fertilizers. A lot of it is based on nitrogen compounds and urea. Our bodies are chock full of nitrogen and urea therefore it must be ok? The whole,"We produce it, it's natural." argument does not hold water in the face of the measurable and harmful environmental changes wrought by humanity. Carbon dioxide may not be as huge a factor as once thought but, it is still a factor. Even a rise of a tenth of a degree is enough to set the interconnected workings of the global climate off kilter. It isn't like each factor of the environment stands alone. So the atmosphere holds less heat, couple that with the expansion of urban sprawl, the loss of forests and vegetation as a natural heat sink and you get problems. The loss of the ice caps similarly produces problems since there is less sunlight reflected and more solar energy absorbed, also raising the heat. Like any thermal dissipator the atmosphere does have a limit into how much heat it can bleed off into space at once. If we keep on hamstringing the planets heat management mechanisms the atmosphere, carbon laden or not, is going to have a hard time keeping up. Yes there is a climate cycle which has been happening for thousands of years but, for the first time in thousands of years we have radically altered the face of our planet.
        Str0b0
      • RE: Gallup: Americans less likely to view climate change as threat

        @Str0b0
        Its funny seeing people get their panties in a wad and ask others to exterminate themselves. Wow, not sure what kind of hostile family you grew up in with your hate. Or was it a cult, probably a cult. How about you stick to the topic. Global warming is about carbon dioxide so lets not get all mixed up with all your other rants. I understand many of them and as I tell everyone I am more worried about particulates in the air than the earth blowing up in a fireball from global warming. Its a farse and fear factor that is being used and you are too dim to understand that. I am not about polluting things, I just like to be clear with what we are talking about here. I can tell you didn't like my links and its quite evident. Its your opinion so your welcome to it, but if you fail to ignore science you are probably a narcassist. You are probably also of the notion that the earth is stable and has and always will be. I can tell you where I am sitting today has seen many glaciers over the earth history, not just one but many upon many. Its almost 90 degrees out today so wow, if I put my head to work I can tell you that the earth is not as stable as you wish it was. And please don't confuse global warming with fertilizers and oil pollution, thats another story for another day and I agree its not good. Have a nice day cult man!
        OhTheHumanity
        • RE: Gallup: Americans less likely to view climate change as threat

          @Str0bo
          Sorry wrong link: https://calderup.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/cern-experiment-confirms-cosmic-ray-action/
          OhTheHumanity
      • RE: Gallup: Americans less likely to view climate change as threat

        @Str0bo
        Here is another one that you can read thats on topic and can help you weed through what my point is. I bet you won't read it though because you may explode: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/25/cern_cloud_cosmic_ray_first_results/
        OhTheHumanity
  • RE: Gallup: Americans less likely to view climate change as threat

    Poor deluded people.<br>First the Arrhenius 1896 paper that concluded that More CO2 means more warming is proven wrong every night as Mother Bature cools half the planet in spite of Man adding more CO2. Then the computer model assumes that only the CO2 & water vapor added by man undergoes warming, whie the vaste majority does not. Finally they completely ignore that gravity adds warming energy for example by the moon causing tidal energy AND we are expected to believe this garbage science for an entirely natural cyclic phenomenon that has been happening forever?
    JDoddsGW
    • RE: Gallup: Americans less likely to view climate change as threat

      @JDoddsGW
      Before you submit that thesis to the scientific journals, be sure to run spellchecker.
      Reality-based
      • RE: Gallup: Americans less likely to view climate change as threat

        @Reality-based Yes, the holy scriptures of the science journals. THE END IS NEAR!!!!!
        mememine69
  • The problem with the anthropogenic ...

    ... global warming camp, is that they spend almost all of their resources, trying to make credible, the political agenda that current variations in global temperature are manmade - rather trying to figure out the major drivers of variations in climate. The implication of the term Climate Change, is that our climate is undergoing change, which is unusual. This is absolute rubbish, as our climate changes just like the weather - it just does so over larger periods of time. So much historical data show that variations in CO2 do not drive global temperature changes - but rather the reverse is true - that you have to watch in bewilderment as these guys feverishly play sleight of hand with available data, trying to justify the political cause of their benefactors.

    Anthropogenic global warming research is not credible, because it is bent on justifying a political cause, and has a history of manipulating data to justify this political cause. The public is right in being skeptical about it.
    P. Douglas
    • RE: Gallup: Americans less likely to view climate change as threat

      @P. Douglas

      "Anthropogenic global warming research is not credible, because it is bent on justifying a political cause,"

      No, not it doesn't

      "and has a history of manipulating data to justify this political cause"

      Again, no, no it does not. Global Warming Deniers follow the well-worn traditions of Creationists and engage in quote mining: taking a statement out of context, shortening a quote, and making it sound like the scientists are saying one thing instead of what they actually meant.
      Your Non Advocate
      • RE: Gallup: Americans less likely to view climate change as threat

        @facebook@... Well even the models (used by global warming claimers) for how much CO2 leaks out into space from our atmosphere are wrong it actually leaks out at a higher rate so their predictions are not accurate
        mrlinux
      • RE: Gallup: Americans less likely to view climate change as threat

        @mrlinux

        Lindzen keeps throwing out models that refute the scientific concensus. However, they are repeatedly debunked. Same is true with this CO2 into space study of his.
        Your Non Advocate
      • Says you

        Proof by repeated assertion is generally ineffective. Guilt by association is even worse. I'm sorry that your political crusade is failing to persuade, but that's the way it goes. What's certain is that name-calling and appeals to questionable authority will not improve your situation.
        Robert Hahn
      • RE: Gallup: Americans less likely to view climate change as threat

        @facebook@... There are more than just his studies, and his was not the one I was pointing out.
        mrlinux
    • RE: Gallup: Americans less likely to view climate change as threat

      @P. Douglas
      Are you saying climate change deniers don't have a political agenda?
      carlson11
      • As a skeptic, what I'm saying is ...

        @carlson1@...,

        ... don't tell me that my way of life is destroying the earth, and that I must hand over my personal liberties to you guys, so that you can save from myself. Show me first compelling evidence, that modern society is destroying the planet, then we can discuss what to do about it, in a highly democratized fashion, with robust checks and balances between concerned organizations. The problem is that I've seen data where CO2 levels have been many times the current level - millions of years ago - having no observable effects on climate temperature. Also I've seen data which shows that below our current level, whatever greenhouse effect CO2 may have, tapers off. Also it is a tall order to say, that one of the least abundant of greenhouse gasses, has an enormously disproportionate effect on climate - without any evidence. Then there is the problem of surface temperatures taken outside of urban areas, showing no increase over the years. Alarmists were predicting that our past winter would be mild. It turned out that we had the harshest winter in decades.

        You guys present no compelling evidence, and show no ability to predict simple variations in climate, and we should turn the world upside down for you? Please!
        P. Douglas
      • RE: Gallup: Americans less likely to view climate change as threat

        @p.Douglas<br>Why would you ignore 90% of scientists who support that climate change is caused by human activity? CO2 levels are highest in 300,000 years and the trend accelerated in the last 50 years. In geological time that is a fraction of a second. CO2 levels must be brought down, we owe it to our descendants. In the last 200 years we burned most of the fossil fuels on our planet, which took 100 million years to form.

        If you think that is smart and sustainable, you are a fool...
        prof123