Public concern about global warming wanes, survey finds


  • Randy Showstack


A new national survey of the American public's attitude toward global warming has found “a sharp decline over the past year in the percentage of Americans who say there is solid evidence that global temperatures are rising.” Thirty-six percent of respondents agreed that global warming is because of human activity, an 11% drop from April 2008.

The survey, “Fewer Americans see solid evidence of global warming; modest support for ‘cap and trade’ policy,” was issued on 22 October by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. The report found that 57% of survey respondents agreed that there is solid evidence the Earth is warming, compared with 71% who agreed with that statement in April 2008, a 14% drop.