Poll: Global warming fears cooling
March 14th, 2011
10:31 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Global warming fears cooling

(CNN) – Americans' perceptions of the issue of global warming appear to be cooling.

In a Gallup Poll released Monday, 51 percent of respondents said they "worry a great deal or fair amount" about global warming, down from 66 percent in 2008.

Forty-one percent of respondents also said that the seriousness of global warming is "exaggerated"– the highest amount of skepticism in the survey since it was first conducted in 1997.

The belief that global warming is exaggerted was higher among respondents who identified themselves as Republicans, 66 percent, than those who identified themselves as Democrats, 20 percent. Forty-four percent of those who identified as independents also said the issue is exaggerated.

The Gallup Poll was conducted via telephone among 1,021 adults from March 3-6. The survey has a sampling error of plus-or-minus 4 percentage points.


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Mikey

    So, the science hasn't changed. This just shows that the public is either distracted from the issue or the propaghanda campaign by big business (especially oil and coal companies) is working. I wonder how many people will pretend they were not global warming deniers when the stuff really starts hitting the fan... and I wonder whether those who led us down this path of denial will actually be held responsible for the tragidy they will have made much worse.

    While we don't need to run around saying the sky is falling, we should NOT bury our collective heads in the sand. Doing nothing about this very real threat is the worst thing humanity will hve ever done to their decendants and it will be our generation that did it. Global warming deniers should start writing their letters of apology to their great grandchildren now.

    March 14, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. rs

    Too bad that while worries about global warming are down, that global warming evidence would prove it is still happening.

    March 14, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    No......not really......it is just that no one wants to genuinely address the problem......because it would entail economic sacrifice, which no one wants to do.

    March 14, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Forty-one percent of respondents also said that the seriousness of global warming is "exaggerated"

    This shows two things:

    1. The fundamental lacking of understanding of the science behind global warming (the increase in number and severity of storms, in all seasons, should be the tip-off for most people, not to mention the shrinking polar caps).

    2. The influence of the GOP propaganda machine with its mouthpieces of insanity, Beck, Limbaugh and Bill "The tide goes in, the tide goes out" O'Reilly. These three and others of their ilk serve their corporate masters, all in the name of money and regardless of the consequences to the earth and its inhabitants.

    March 14, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    I guess "exaggerated" is one word for it, but "fraudulent" is more accurate.

    March 14, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Sametestsameresults

    Who has time to worry about the future when we are busy trying to put food on the table now? The party of NO has successfully covered up science again to accomplish it's political agenda which is to let the oil corporations do what they want. Everyone knows by having economic wo'es the people cannot put tomorrow on the radar. So the political arm of the WTO in America keeps us worried about today so tomorrow never comes up.

    March 14, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. TwM

    About time people came to their senses

    March 14, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Bill from GA

    Even scientists who don't accept that humans are causing Global Warming acknowledge that it is real. But Americans can't be worried about that (especially ignorant repugs), the American brain is too much occupied with Dancing With the Stars, American Idol, or which repug might run for president.

    March 14, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Harry Pelosi

    That's because the people are realizing Al Hore is full of it! Just another liberal scare tactic to make money over B.S.

    March 14, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. gt

    al gore made millions on the sky is falling cry of global warming ....i believe we give man to much credit on how we effect the planet...as japan...

    March 14, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. Mike

    Theres no such thing as global warming

    March 14, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Tom Robb

    Why do they always do these things in the winter? Im willing to bet if they did them in the summer the numbers would be very different. Sure we had alot of winter storms this winter. Its the nature of winter. We also had 90 record highs in the US on a single day in 2010. In the same month there was record heat on every continent including Austrailia and Antarctica which were experiencing winter at that time. You can deny it all you want but Global "climate change" is real and 89% of scientists believe humans are at least partly responsable.

    March 14, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Name king

    Here is the dems allowing the repugs to dominate their point of views with the economy and global catastrophe. They allow them to dominate their point of view telling this bogus lies that by only cutting spending is the only way to balance the budget, and they will not take in no more revenue what so ever, even though almost all the economist disagree with them. The repugs are driven by one objective, take out every obstacle out of the rich way, regardless of the consequences. I know the repugs rich friends control all the media outlets, but the dems have to find a way to bring their side of view to the public, even if they have to use the same tools the rabid repugs are using. They just can't stand by and allow the repugs to dominate the media, by using fear intolerance and lies which seems to be working with these backward people. Who always chose the wrong road, then shout "what the he'll"!

    March 14, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Apparently we aren't making the issue clear. If we keep using fossil fuels, we are going to destroy the kind of weather and environment that we have been used to over the years. The weather is going to get stranger and more violent. The storms are going to get more powerful when we get rain. Some places are going to get more water while others get so much less.

    March 14, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Darth Vadik, CA

    What did Leslie Nielsen say in Police Squad..."Love is like the ozone layer, you won't miss it until it is gone..."

    The misconception is that we are destroying the earth...we can never destroy the earth, we can just destroy our environment and in the process destroy ourselves because the earth will rebuild itself as it has in the past.

    So, having said this...if you don't believe in Global warming (but believe in Creation, LOL), think of the environment this way...don't you want to have clean air for yourself and your kids? Isn't it common sense to take care of your own house, your own yard your own neighborhood??? Why would you want it more polluted than it already is, because you may call yourself a Conservative...

    You breathe the same air as we all do, and to asthma or pneumonia, or even lung cancer, it won't matter whether you are a Liberal, Conservative, red, white, blue, green ir purple...so use common sense.

    March 14, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. Bill from GA

    Any doubters of the seriousness of Global Warming should search on "Global Warming + Military". Really interesting!

    March 14, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Algore believes in global warming. Oh, excuse me–the new liberal catchphrase is "climate change". Algore also believes in "cap & trade" so gross polluters like him can continue to produce excessive greenhouse gases by simply purchasing carbon credits.

    March 14, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. LXM

    The general public has the attention span of a gnat. When the scientific community changes its perceptions based upon continued research, I will take note. Until that time, I will continue to believe that climate change is real and that human activity plays some role in it.

    March 14, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Stone

    "Global Warming" is so 2008. It's "Global Climate Change" now. Please take note.

    March 14, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Libby

    We Americans are idiots. Putting our collective heads in the sand will not solve these climate change issues. The neocon attacks on science have sadly prevailed again.

    March 14, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. David

    The skeptics obviously never venture to any place that's been impacted. It's a fact that there is dramatically less sea ice now, and polar bears are drowning in record numbers as a result. Rising sea levels are flooding islands in the fertile Ganges delta. Kiribati, an archipelago of 33 coral atolls barely 6ft above sea level, is vanishing as sea level rises. Global warmming and its consequences are well documented fact at this point, regardless of how Faux News might spin them.

    March 14, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. cf

    Of course it will be down if the poll is conducted in the middle of the winter. It's hard for people to grasp a concept that includes the word "warming" when it is cold outside. Surprisingly few people understand the difference between "climate" and "weather," and it doesn't help that Republicans and climate change deniers have muddied the water with nonsense like "the existence of snow means global warming is a hoax."

    March 14, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. Warriorsmk

    Eric Fromm's "Escape From Freedom" People do not want to make decisions. The majority prefer to have opinions and choices made for them and then be told what to believe. It is far easier to believe you have no responsibility or control of your life or the world you live in than to have to make decisions and admit responsibility.

    March 14, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. truth

    They don't believe in global warming because it doesn't really exist. It's a marketing tool brought to you by companies who want a new angle to sell you expensive items, that don't work as well or have the same quality of previous items so you need to re-buy sooner, thus making them more money. They even get some idiots to feel good about it like they're doing the right thing. With the money from these morons, they have bought almost the entire loony left into doing their bidding in congress. Emails stolen from so called environmentalist scientists proved this a few years ago.

    Don't fall for it, global warming is fake and the biggest consumer fraud in the history of man.

    March 14, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. dave

    Because people are finally getting their heads out of the sand and see the bogus numbers the IPCC gave and got busted for. Some are finally seeing the big picture and the control these people want over your lives.

    March 14, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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