New poll shows nearly half doubt global warming claims

A new poll shows nearly 4 in 10 Americans would described the climate change scare as a ‘hoax’.

The survey of 1,246 people in March was conducted by Public Policy Polling, and carries a 2.8% margin of error across the main sample.

The fact that 37% of those questioned felt strongly enough to call global warming a ‘hoax’ has caused surprise, because it is likely to be an underestimate of total public disdain for the media’s position on climate change.

The way the question was framed, “Do you believe global warming is a hoax, or not?”, left no room for so called ‘lukewarmers’, people (including many in the climate skeptic camp), who accept the globe has warmed since coming out of the Little Ice Age but dispute the level of human influence. A lukewarmer who accepts global warming as a concept, but not the scale of human causation that’s claimed, would have had to answer ‘no’ to the question or ‘not sure’.

In fact, 12% of those questioned answered ‘not sure’, while 51% said they didn’t believe global warming was a hoax.

The survey is published as news breaks of another scandal in climate science, and growing media coverage of the announcement that there’s actually been no significant global warming since the 1990s.

But it’s the survey’s other findings that are also causing chuckles at office watercoolers.

One in three Americans believe aliens are real, while one in every 25 people believe the world is secretly ruled by lizard-people.

Full poll results are here

5 Comments

  1. There’s not actually much you said that required comment. At best there’s this:

    “I’m also a bit surprised why Wishart hasn’t noted that those that believe that (his words) “believe aliens are real,” and “the world is secretly ruled by lizard-people” are from the same people (those surveyed). He’s right to put down belief in that sort of nonsense, but why not also note that would raise questions over the credibility of what else they think – like climate change.”

    Great, except the sample was a random selection of 1200 plus ordinary Americans, and they haven’t broken down for us how many lizard-people believers are on which side of the climate debate. I could make an educated guess based on the assumption that reptiles prefer warmer weather, and postulate that lizard people believers are more likely to be climate change believers as well, because we know they don’t like the lizard people and would want to keep the planet cooler if they could : – lower GHGs = lower temps = a more uncomfortable climate for the reptilians. 😉

    Good to see you are also against “consensus” science when you say “So? Because an idea is popular, doesn’t mean it’s right.”. So was Einstein. And Freeman Dyson.

  2. Grant…with the Economist, Geoffrey Lean and Jim Hansen all conceding warming has effectively stopped for some considerable time, perhaps you need to re-examine what you really know about climate change…

  3. So? Because an idea is popular, doesn’t mean it’s right.

    Most people know damn-all about climate science.

    With that in mind we can rephrase these results:

    37% of people who know little about climate science think global warming might be a hoax; 51% don’t.

    Spot the problem?

    What people who don’t know (much) about climate change think won’t make a jot of difference – because they don’t know enough background to make a sound judgement to start with – their judgement is based on nothing much as it were.

    Note also how Wishart has added the word “scare” to the question, loading his meaning onto the question, having the question ask something it didn’t in the survey.

    I’m also a bit surprised why Wishart hasn’t noted that those that believe that (his words) “believe aliens are real,” and “the world is secretly ruled by lizard-people” are from the same people (those surveyed). He’s right to put down belief in that sort of nonsense, but why not also note that would raise questions over the credibility of what else they think – like climate change.

    (More ordinarily, it might just suggest there’s more “joke” answers to the survey that is helpful/meaningful.)

  4. Not surprising.

    Even some of the Chicken Little AGW/CC promoting MSM are now starting to change their tune also.

    Lets face it.

    We’ve had 2 decades, 3 decades and in some cases 4 decades of grossly over exaggerated claims from some of these Iconic Academic Charlatans pontificating on AGW/CC and certain environmental matters and theirs claims, projections and predictions have often come up with a consistant EPIC Failure!

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