15 Mar 2011:
Concerns About Warming
Near Record Low in the U.S., Poll Shows
The number of U.S. adults concerned about global warming has reached a near-historic low
, according to Gallup’s latest environmental poll. Just 51 percent of respondents said they worry a “great deal” or a “fair amount” about climate change, down from 66 percent in 2008, a year after Al Gore and the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change received a Nobel Peace Prize for their work on the issue. The 51 percent of Americans concerned about climate change is just a percentage point higher than the all-time low recorded in a 1997 poll. Only 49 percent of respondents believe that the effects of global warming are already being felt, down from about 60 percent three years ago. And 43 percent said they think the media exaggerates the seriousness of global warming, while 26 percent said the coverage is generally correct, and 29 percent said the media underestimates the seriousness. While Gallup pollsters said the reasons for the decline are not obvious, they suggested the economic downturn is a possible factor.
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