The number of US citizens that say they “believe the theory” that carbon dioxide emissions are warming the Earth, has dropped down to 44% down from 51% in 2009 and 71% in 2007, but most movement has been into the “not sure” column.
The online poll of 2,163 adults was conducted June 13 through 20. Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/07/11/Poll-Most-see-disasters-few-climate-turn/UPI-71691310419193/#ixzz1Ry51bMe8
Now if we remember that one in five Americans believe in Alien abductions, and note that no government agency appears to be suggesting a policy of anti-alien barrage balloons protecting the population, we can basically conclude that 20% of Americans will continue to believe manmade global warming irrespective of the evidence and government will ignore them.
So as support for manmade global warming (or more likely climate change) is never likely to drop below 20% … and I suppose 20% will never believe it even if they personally were melting into the tarmac as the lava flowed past their house. For fun let’s see how what the “open to evidence” percentage has changed:
- 2007 85%
- 2009 52%
- 2011 40%
And what do those figures tell you … probably not a lot… as there still remains a big proportion who are yet to realise that the experts know no more about what the climate is going to do “long term” than weather forecasters know what the weather is going to do “long term”.
The big difference being we can personally assess whether the weather forecast was right, but we have to rely on the “experts” to assess their own climate forecasting skills using their own “interpretation” of the data.