Wait! I Thought The Debate Was Over?

I really don’t believe much in polls but occasionally one catches my attention and there’s one today I thought I would briefly mention here because the topic is (no pun intended) hot.

Rasmussen Reports published a poll today that shows that only 20% of voters believe the debate concerning global warming is over. Yes, you read that correctly.

The generic breakdown of 1000 “likely voters” (these polls are generally believed to be more accurate than those of “registered voters” or “adults”) show that 63% say the debate is not over and 17% are “not sure”.

That’s astounding to me based on the all of the data that has been presented in the past 10-15 years.

The good news is that 60% of those sampled believe that global warming is a serious issue, but only 37% of that number believes it’s “very serious”. The downside to that number is that 57% of those that believe it’s very serious don’t believe the debate is over.

It’s a fascinating poll and I encourage you to take a look and dig into the numbers a bit for yourself.

One thought on “Wait! I Thought The Debate Was Over?

  1. It is astonishing that so many deny the science behind climate change. It appears, based on research by Dan M. Kahan, that one’s political ideology plays a significant role in this. You might be interested in reading Kahan’s 49-page paper. A free copy of it can be downloaded here: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2459057.

    According to Kahan’s findings, those with a conservative political philosophy are much more likely to deny the science of climate change than liberals, despite the apparent fact that their knowledge of that science is not substantially less than that of liberals.

    His paper also addresses the question of evolution denial.

    Jerry Coyne blogged about the paper in two separate posts. If interested you can read both postings here:

    Why do people deny climate change? Plus a plea for accommodationism (not from me) http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2014/07/11/why-do-people-deny-climate-change-plus-a-plea-for-accommodationism-not-from-me/

    Do people who deny evolution know less about it than others? http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/do-people-who-deny-evolution-know-less-about-it-than-others/

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