Americans More Convinced Than Ever That Climate Changed Is Caused By Humans, New Poll
Nearly half of Americans (46%) believe that climate change is having a serious impact now, according to a new poll by CBS News / The New York Times. Moreover, more than half — 54% — of Americans believe that climate change is human-caused, the highest percentage ever recorded by a CBS News / The New York Times poll. The poll also found that a majority of Americans (58%) say that protecting the environment should be prioritized over the economy, even if doing so risks curbing economic growth. This represents a significant increase from a March Gallup poll, in which just 50% of Americans said protecting the environment should be prioritized over economic growth.
Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Anthony Salvanto and Fred Backus, Contributors to CBS News
Ahead of the U.N. Climate Summit at the United Nations this week, most Americans say global warming is having a serious impact now or will in the future, and 54 percent think it is mostly caused by human activity — the highest percentage in CBS News/New York Times Polls.
Forty-six percent say global warming is a problem that is having a serious impact now, while another 28 percent think it will have a serious impact sometime in the future. About a quarter don’t think global warming will have a serious impact at all. These views have changed little in recent years.
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