Poll: Nearly Half the Country Believe Global Warming Threat Exaggerated
March 16, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-The anti-environment campaign led by conservative Republicans and Fox News falsely claiming that man-made global warming doesn’t exist, has apparently influenced a number of Americans. A recent Gallup poll found that nearly half of all Americans believe that global warming is exaggerated. And more than a third of the country believe that the devastating effects of global warming won’t come to fruition.
The poll found that 48 percent of Americans feel that the scientific basis for global warming is exaggerated. This figure represents a sharp increase from last year’s poll at 41 percent and 31 percent in 1997 when the question as first asked.
The sharp increase in the number of Americans who question global warming, comes at a time when President Obama is seeking to implement cap-and-trade legislation to lower carbon emissions and invest in clean energy technologies. But with the poor economy and the high unemployment rate on the minds of most Americans, global warming deniers have been successful in fearmongering the claim that cap-and-trade legislation would take away jobs.
The poll also found that thirty-five percent of those polled responded that global warming either will never happen or will not happen in their lifetimes.
And bolstering the results of the global warming poll; a new Gallup poll on Americans’ views towards the environment show that fewer people are worried about it. The poll found that Americans are now less worried about a series of environmental problems than at any time over the past 20 years.