Poll shows strong public awareness.

A recent poll of 1017 Americans conducted on behalf of the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, shows high levels of awareness and concern about the climate crisis. (Hat tip to The Sietch Blog.) Key findings include:

  • The percentage of Americans who say global warming is a serious problem has risen to 83% from 70% in 2004.
  • More than two out of three (68%) Americans agree that global warming is something people can control. And fully 81% agree with the statement, “It is my responsibility to help reduce the impacts of global warming.”
  • 75% agree with the statement “My behavior can help reduce the impacts of global warming.”
  • 69% agree with the statement “Global warming is something people can control.”

You can see the full list of questions and responses here.

Something that really surprised me were the high percentage of respondents who said that they have taken steps like lowering the temperature in their homes, taking shorter showers, checking their tire pressure, buying CFLs. In several cases, the numbers are above 80%. Is it just me, or do those numbers seem off? Color me cynical, but I can’t help but think that this may mirror a bit the types of responses pollsters get when asking questions about racism and xenophobia… Even when answering questions anonymously, I think few people are willing to own up to behaviors or attitudes they feel would be met with strong disapproval.

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