A new poll on climate change and Americans’ opinions on it has rebounded sharply for the better. A large majority now accept the climate is or probably is changing and that it’s due in part to human activity:
NCSE — Asked “Is the earth’s climate changing?” 49.9% of respondents said, “Yes, I’m convinced,” and 33.5% said, “Probably yes, but I’d like more evidence,” while only 8.5% said, “Probably no, but more evidence could convince me,” and only 7.6% said, “No, there isn’t any solid evidence.” Acceptance of climate change was correlated with political affiliation: 70% of Democrats were convinced, as opposed to only 27% of Republicans and 48% of independents.
Respondents who agreed that the climate is changing were asked, “Is climate change primarily because of human activity or natural causes?” Human activity was the choice of 64.4%; natural causes was the choice of 34.8%. They were also asked, “How serious a threat is climate change?” Very serious was the choice of 37.7%; somewhat serious was the choice of 45.9%; not that much of a threat was the choice of 14.8%; not a threat at all was the choice of 1.1%.