Polls: "Belief in Climate Change Climbs, Including Among Conservatives"

"About 67 percent of Americans believe temperatures are rising, marking a slow but persistent rebound from the 2009 freefall in public opinion around climate change. Belief in warming now almost matches its pre-tumble level of four years ago, a new poll finds."

"The national survey released yesterday by the Pew Research Center shows climbing acceptance of warming across all age groups and political party affiliations, including among more skeptical Republicans and senior citizens.

Nearly half, or 48 percent, of Republicans say there is "solid evidence" that Earth's temperature has increased over several decades. That is a rise of 5 points since last year and an increase of 13 points since 2009.

The biggest Republican jump came among conservatives, whose belief in warming leapt 12 points since 2011 and now stands at 43 percent. The party began shifting last year, when moderate Republicans showed a sharp rise in their acceptance of warming. Now, 58 percent of GOP moderates see evidence of temperature changes."

Evan Lehmann reports for ClimateWire October 16, 2012.


"Pew Climate Change Poll Reveals That Less Than Half Of Americans Make Anthropogenic Connection" (Huffington Post)

Source: ClimateWire, 10/17/2012