Poll Shows More Americans Accept Global Warming, Say Seeing is Believing
Phil Duffy, Senior Policy Analyst and
Becky Fried, Policy Analyst,
Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President
Polling results released last week by the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College (Pennsylvania) show that, compared to previous surveys, the largest majority of Americans in years now believe
Notably, however, almost half of the 62 percent said their views were shaped by personal observations of temperature and weather phenomena. In narrative explanations of why they accept the reality of global warming, survey respondents indicated winters just arent as cold as they were in the past, temperatures last summer that were awful, and droughts this past summer, among other observations.
Those results suggest that many Americans are basing their
People naturally form viewpoints and make decisions based on personal experience. Its one reason why understanding the local-scale impacts of climate change and how they differ from weather is so critical. said Tom Armstrong, Director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Communicating this information broadly is one of the most important ways we can ensure that people and communities are able to make informed, science-based decisions.
The NSAPOCC is planning a follow-up report to explore the connections between American climate change attitudes and policies.
Posted by Phil Duffy and Becky Fried
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