In contrast, 86 to 87 percent of Democrats endorsed the reality of a changing climate, no matter which descriptive phrase was used. This means the partisan divide over the issue is either overwhelmingly enormous or potentially bridgeable, depending upon the terminology one uses.
Schuldt and his co-authors, Sara Konrath and Norbert Schwarz, inserted a question into the 2009 American Life Panel survey, conducted by the RAND Corporation. Most of the 2,261 panelists were recruited from respondents to the Survey of Consumer Attitudes conducted by the University of Michigan.
Half responded to this statement: “You may have heard about the idea that the world’s temperature may have been going up over the past 100 years, a phenomenon sometimes called ‘global warming.’ What is your personal opinion regarding whether or not this has been happening?”
The other half were presented with that exact same statement, except the words “going up” were replaced by “changing,” and the term “global warming” was replaced by “climate change.” All then reported their belief on a seven-point scale, from “Definitely has not been happening” to “Definitely has been happening.”
Overall, 74 percent of respondents either definitely or tentatively believed “climate change” was real, but that number went down to 67.7 percent when the “global warming” wording was used.
The researchers found this difference was driven almost entirely by self-described Republicans. For Democrats, the difference was nearly nonexistent, with 86.4 percent endorsing climate change and 86.9 percent acknowledging global warming. Among Independents, 74 percent endorsed climate change, while 69.5 percent acknowledged global warming.
It's very disturbing to me that the US public has gone from a vast
majority (~80%) believing that global warming is real to now something
on the order of 40-45% in a just little over one year's time. Add to
this the fact that most/all of the republican party now either refutes
global warming (saying the science is "junk") or at minimum claiming
climate scientists are "mixed" on the issue, and you have mass-
confusion which will prevent any meaningful policy changes from taking
by media (i.e. Fox) and elected officials (i.e. Republican party)
80% believing that climate science showing global warming is real, is
likely caused by humans/CO2 emmissions
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I am a scientist, not the lay public. I know that we have been experiencing warming for 10,000 years, long before the start of the industrial revolution.. I do not know the extent of anthropogenic global warming nor does anyone else. Neither consensus nor pronouncements by nominal experts will provide truth. Only proper application of the scientific method will provide truth and that truth will not likely be revealed in the near future.
I don’t trust pundits but I am in the 41%.
However, I do believe in realistic contingency planning. Only geoengineering provides a viable contingency plan. All the rest are political and I do not trust politicians.