Voters Closely Divided Over Cause of Global Warming

surveyThe latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% of U.S. voters now believe human activity is the cause of global warming, while 40% say it is caused by long-term planetary trends.

While the numbers are close, this is the first time more voters see human activity as the primary cause of global warming since January. In May, voters blamed planetary trends by a 44% to 39% margin.

Republicans by nearly three-to-one say global warming is caused by planetary trends, while Democrats believe human activity is to blame by the same margin. Voters not affiliated with either party are almost evenly divided on the question.

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is expected to vote as early as next week on legislation aimed at dramatically reducing carbon dioxide pollution, which supporters of the bill say causes global warming.

Read the Rest at Rasmussen Reports.

7 Responses to Voters Closely Divided Over Cause of Global Warming

  1. Neil F. June 21, 2009 at 12:51 am #

    Well, this may or may not be bad news. I don’t know what it is that has possibly made some people change their minds. Maybe its an effect of Al Gores media campaign.
    Or maybe it is due to the “education” of children who are forcing their weak, idiot parents to follow “green CULTure”.
    Or, perhaps it is just an anomoly in the polling system.
    I think it is probably the latter because if you read the accuracy of polls and surveys pdf you will see that margins of error in these things can be a lot higher than the +/-3% that is usually attributed to such surveys, including this one.
    Given that knowledge, in my opinion, this survey is statistically the same as the one from January.

  2. Neil F. June 21, 2009 at 9:12 am #

    I just want to say that I found this article doing a search for like articles.
    I just now realized the website I found it at is Alex Jones’ website. I want to just say that I think Alex Jones is a nut case who needs a padded cell.
    But the article was not written by Jones, and the audio is from the Glenn Beck show. So, I don’t doubt the content.
    Just to be clear, if someone points out that its from Alex Jones’ website and that he is a nut case, I am going to agree with you.

  3. Neil F. June 21, 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    That isn’t going to make any sense unless my first post gets posted.

  4. Neil F. June 26, 2009 at 7:45 pm #

    Thanks Dan, I was beginning to wonder if you were ever going to get around to moderating that first post. Now my second comment makes sense.

  5. Rob N. Hood July 2, 2009 at 1:34 pm #

    “Polar ice sheets have grown and collapsed at least 40 times over the past five million years, causing major sea-level fluctuations. The most recent ‘interglacial’ has lasted 10,000 years, during which time global sea-level and atmospheric temperatures have remained more or less constant, and human civilisation has flourished.”

    Professor Naish says much of his research has focused on the international ANDRILL drilling programme in the sedimentary layers of the West Antarctic ice sheet.

    “Evidence shows that this sheet is expected to melt first, along with Greenland. West Antarctica sits below sea level, so as the ocean warms, the ice sheet also warms. One way to understand this is to use the paeloclimate record to go back to a time when the earth was warmer and to see how West Antarctica behaved. We know that greenhouse gases in the atmosphere were slightly above what they are now, and the earth was two to three degrees warmer. When the West Antarctica ice sheet collapsed numerous times, it raised sea levels by up to 10 metres.”

    Professor Naish says his lecture will focus on this major finding, and its relevance to future climate change.

    “In the past, these climate changes were happening naturally but now we’ve accelerated this process, the greenhouse gases are rising and temperatures are rising faster than they ever have in the past. It’s one of the big issues of our time and it will have a profound effect on our future society.”

    The findings are an opportunity to take a major step forward in our understanding of the Antarctic ice sheet’s response to global climate change.

    Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Professor Pat Walsh says Professor Naish is an outstanding researcher, teacher and leader in the field of Antarctic research.

    “Professor Naish’s Antarctic research has raised international awareness about the role of Antarctic ice sheets in climate and sea-level change. Through the ANDRILL project in particular, he has provided leadership on an issue that is of global significance.”

  6. chris July 16, 2009 at 1:29 am #

    Rob,plesae provide proof to me that man is the primary cause of climate change.Rob,recent studies have shown that temperature changes PRECEDE increases in C02 by100 to 1000 years.Even if C02 was the cause,there isn’t much we could do about it.Man made C02 accounts for a very small percentage of atmospheric C02.There is a much stronger correlation between solar output and global temperatures.Solar output is influenced by radiant heat energy and solar winds,both of which appear to have natural cycles.It is very disheartening to hear supposedly intelligent people dismiss contrary points of view regarding climate change as radical,extreme or out of the mainstream.For anyone to declare that the climat change debate is over is absolutely ludicrous!This debate is far from over.

  7. Paul Wenum July 21, 2009 at 10:24 pm #

    Chris, Thank you, I needed that as well as others. You are on point thinking and researching both sides. Refreshing for once!!
    Againm Thanks!

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