Finally, a new U.S. Gallup poll indicates that more people from the U.S. are concerned about global warming now than before.
“Climate change denial is simply no longer plausible, and the American people are recognizing that”.
A Gallup poll released this week shows an all-time high of 65 percent of Americans who said climate change was caused by human activities, up from 55 percent just past year.
For the latest survey, researchers asked a random sample of 1,019 adults (aged 18 and older) some questions via telephone. All of the respondents live in the US and, more specifically, in the District of Columbia.
A prominent climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University, Michael Mann, said that the increase of “overall warmth” being witnessed worldwide in recent years and an increasing number of natural disasters including floods, droughts or massive wildfires are main factors that influence public attitudes. Independents feeling the same about the issue recorded 64 percent.
Similarly, 38 percent of Republicans felt the increased temperatures of the Earth were due to human activities, up slightly from 34 in 2015, while 85 percent of Democrats agreed human intervention was the cause, climbing from 74 percent in 2015.
But is it really surprising that Americans have had a change of heart, in light of the past winter? The U.S. has experienced unusually warm temperatures this February, especially in the western part of the country. In the winter, the temperature was 2.1 degrees above the average in the 20th century.
As expected, the concerns over global warming split along political party lines, with 84 percent of Democrats saying they were anxious a “great deal” or a “fair amount” over the issue, and only 40 percent of Republicans agreeing.
Such findings are relevant in terms of tackling climate change in the future.