Just 51% of Americans Believe in Global Warming, Down from 71% in 2007

Environmental leader logo2 Another poll indicates a decline in the percentage of Americans who believe that global warming is happening. A recent Harris Interactive poll revealed that 51% of respondents believe in global warming (down from 71% in 2007, 75% in 2001). According to the poll, 29% don't believe in global warming and 21% are unsure. This data backs up a recent Washington Post poll along with the Pew survey.

Posted Dec. 4, 2009
By Environmental Leader

The percentage of Americans who believe in global warming continues to decline, after reaching a peak of 75 percent in 2001.
Since 2007, when 71 percent of Americans believed in global warming,
the percentage has taken a precipitous fall, to just 51 percent,
according to a recent Harris Interactive poll.

About 29 percent of Americans don’t believe in global warming, while 21 percent are unsure, according to the survey “Big Drop in Those Who Believe that Global Warming is Coming” (PDF).

The “unsure” category has grown from 6 percent in 2007, and is now
nearly double the percentage from 1997, when 12 percent were unsure.

The belief patterns tend to fall along party lines, with 73 percent
of Democrats believing in global warming, compared to just 28 percent
of Republicans.

The new research falls in line with an October consumer survey from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. In that poll,
about 35 percent of Americans said they see global warming as a very
serious problem, down from about 44 percent in April of 2008.

In the nation’s heartland, residents are unconvinced that human
activities are the cause of global warming, according to anecdotal
information from a Reuters article.

“There have been times in the past when there was global warming in
the absence of man. It is all part of a natural cycle. I think it is a
little vain to think man could destroy this great planet,” said Sharon
Byers, a Lees Summit, Mo., resident, in the article.

Beliefs may be influenced by the fact that about 25 percent of the
U.S. population are evangelical Christian, who generally believe in a
cataclysmic end to life on Earth, according to the article.

“If you are an evangelical Christian in the
American vein then you believe it is our responsibility to look after
the planet but it will be ultimately destroyed no matter what we do,”
Bart Barber, a Southern Baptist preacher in Farmersville, Texas, told
Harris poll

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