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.
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.