About the climate poll

Posted by: on September 5th, 2009

A week ago I was looking for a poll idea and I happened across this article entitled “Climate Change Belief Research – great cause for concern by Mike Hanlon” on the gizmag site. As many of our regulars have no doubt worked out, I’m quite keenly interested in the topic and so I was intrigued to see just how successful denialist strategies to frame the debate have been in the US (where the poll was conducted). Curious to see how the RealSurf audience compares, I posted the same question and choice of responses.

Here’s how Hanlon summarised the US results:

It just goes to show you what a bad state the education system is in when just 51% of the population believe that climate change is caused by human activities. Opinion Research Corporation surveyed 1,000 people in late January and found that 29% believe climate change is occurring naturally, 15% believe climate change needs to be proven scientifically either way and 3% believe climate change doesn’t exist.

And here’s how RealSurf’s audience responded:

Which one of the following describes your thoughts about climate change, or global warming?

  • Climate change is caused by human activities (51%, 175 Votes)
  • Climate change is occurring naturally (26%, 88 Votes)
  • Climate change needs to be proven scientifically either way. (17%, 58 Votes)
  • Climate change doesn’t exist (7%, 23 Votes)

Total Voters: 344

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