Reduced Overall Acceptance Of Climate Science, Found In Recent Polls, Attributed To Republicans

What happens to bloggers who reach into the jaws of climate gate. Image credit::Never Yet Melted, Hand In Crock

CNN just polled 1,041 adult Americans on Americans' belief in global warming and found that "a rise in skepticism among Americans over global warming is mostly due to changes among Republicans..." Having put my hand into this angry-comment infested water, let the snapping begin about the poll's indication that : "...two-thirds of all Americans believe global warming is a proven fact. That's down 8 percentage points since June 2008, with views among Democrats holding steady and Republicans' belief in global warming dropping 11 points." Read on for CNN analysis quotes.

"The growing skepticism among Republicans, with no matching shift among Democrats, suggests that the changes measured in this poll may be a reaction to having a Democrat in the White House rather than a shift in underlying attitudes toward global warming," said Keating Holland, CNN polling director.
Americans' response to question about the need to reduce emissions was considerably muddier:
The poll indicates the number who say the United States should reduce emissions even if other countries do not follow suit has also dropped, from 66 percent in 2007 to 58 percent today.

"That drop is due to roughly equal changes among Republicans and Democrats, suggesting that economic conditions, rather than political factors, may be at play," Holland said.

Extrapolation. In response to these findings, I'll bet a different polling group will soon survey 'moderate Democrats,' flagging a fair number who disbelieve the world wide climate science consensus. And we'll learn they typically represent highly coal-dependent states. What a shocker that will be.

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