Americans' Global Warming Concerns Continue to Drop

pollMultiple indicators show less concern, more feelings that global warming is exaggerated

By Frank Newport

Gallup’s annual update on Americans’ attitudes toward the environment shows a public that over the last two years has become less worried about the threat of global warming, less convinced that its effects are already happening, and more likely to believe that scientists themselves are uncertain about its occurrence. In response to one key question, 48% of Americans now believe that the seriousness of global warming is generally exaggerated, up from 41% in 2009 and 31% in 1997, when Gallup first asked the question.

Read the rest and see the charts at Gallop.

12 Responses to Americans' Global Warming Concerns Continue to Drop

  1. Neil F. AGWD/BSD March 12, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    It seems to me a CONSENSUS is growing? Yes?

  2. Hal Groar March 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    I agree, does that make a consensus? I think the trend will continue at least until August when the next green party in MEXICO fires up. Then the propaganda will begin to fly again.

  3. Rob N. Hood March 15, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    No need to worry too much. The ill-funded and ragtag Greenies are not a real threat to the status quo. The status quo will prevail- it always does.

    There’s old saying: power corrupts. And a new Columbia Business School study titled, “People with Power are Better Liars,” finds there may be some truth behind the cliché.

    “People in power are able to lie better,” said Dana Carney, a management professor at Columbia Business School and one of the co-authors of the study. “It just doesn’t hurt them as much to do it.”

    • Neil F. AGWD/BSD March 16, 2010 at 8:55 am #

      “Carney and the other researchers, Andy Yap, Brian Lucas and Pranjal Mehta, used volunteers who were told they were either leaders or subordinates. The leaders were given a large office, and the subordinates given a small windowless space.”

      So the study you cite did not actually study “powerful” people. They studied volunteers who were told that they were either leaders or subordinates. And then they were told to find $100 bucks that was hidden nearby, and half were told to put it back, and the other half was told to keep it and lie about it.
      Gee I wonder if she said this to the volunteers before the study:

      “We know that high-powered people do crazy, bad stuff,” she said. “I think reminding a person that the behavior is bad can get them to stop engaging in those transgressions.”

      So, were the results of the experiment definitive?

      “How does this all translate into the real world? Carney said the research doesn’t show that power leads to lying, but it does suggest dishonesty comes easier to those in power.”

      Oh, it “suggests” dishonesty comes eisier to those in power.
      I am left wondering how many times this experiment was duplicated. Was it peer reviewed? Does this even rise to the level of a “study”?
      So, what we have here is an experiment, with the experimentors having a pre-concieved idea of what the experiment should show, and the subjects of the experiment being volunteers who were assigned either as leaders or subordinates and not actually being either!

      Ohhhhhh! Rob? If you are trying to point out that it is the same kind of junk science used in AGW climate research…. Bravo, you really are a genious!!!!!

  4. paul wenum March 15, 2010 at 11:18 pm #

    What the hell does your comments relate to the issue at hand??

  5. Rob N. Hood March 16, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    Only everything.

  6. paul wenum March 16, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    What’s the problem? Can’t focus?

  7. Cubanshamoo March 18, 2010 at 2:16 am #

    For Rob: Proverbs 18, verses 1-2, “Unfriendly people care only about themselves; they lash out at common sense. Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.”

  8. Rob N. Hood March 19, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    Funny- that could be directed at you, Cubanshamoo, but you don’t see it, can’t see it. One reason why? Read on…

    Maybe I was referring above to the those who are promoting global warming. I didn’t say, did I? Nope. Just a comment about human nature and those with power. You all jumped to conclsuions and attacked me. What does that say about you? Maybe Proverbs 18 verses 1-2 says it best. I agree with you on that.

  9. Cubanshamoo March 20, 2010 at 1:05 am #

    Too easy: read the Bibble stupid!!!

  10. Rob N. Hood April 1, 2010 at 6:47 am #

    Can’t fine Bibble on or in the library. Sorry. Sounds like a good read though.

  11. paul wenum April 5, 2010 at 10:42 pm #

    I cannot believe that you make a statement like that just before “Easter.” It’s apparent that you are not religious. Even it you are, you don’t disrespect someone for reading/quoting the Bible. These are true thoughts from a simple man with a simple statement just like me. Take it for what it’s worth. Knowing you, you could care less. By the way, the Bible is a “Great Read.”

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