Support for climate change action drops, poll finds

May 08, 2012 by Rob Jordan

Americans' support for government action on global warming remains high but has dropped during the past two years, according to a new survey by Stanford researchers in collaboration with Ipsos Public Affairs. Political rhetoric and cooler-than-average weather appear to have influenced the shift, but economics doesn't appear to have played a role.

The survey directed by Jon Krosnick, a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, shows that support for a range of policies intended to reduce future dropped by an average of 5 percentage points per year between 2010 and 2012.

In a 2010 Stanford survey, more than three-quarters of respondents expressed support for mandating more efficient and less polluting cars, appliances, homes, offices and . Nearly 90 percent of respondents favored federal tax breaks to spur companies to produce more electricity from water, wind and solar energy. On average, 72 percent of respondents supported government action on climate change in 2010. By 2012, that support had dropped to 62 percent.

The drop was concentrated among Americans who distrust , even more so among such people who identify themselves as Republicans. Americans who do not trust were especially aware of and influenced by recent shifts in world temperature, and 2011 was tied for the coolest of the last 11 years.

Krosnick pointed out that during the recent campaign, all but one Republican presidential candidate expressed doubt about global warming, and some urged no government action to address the issue. Rick Santorum described belief in climate change as a "pseudo-religion," while Ron Paul called it a "hoax." Mitt Romney, the apparent , has said, "I can tell you the right course for America with regard to energy policy is to focus on job creation and not global warming."

The Stanford-Ipsos study found no evidence that the decline in public support for government action was concentrated among respondents who lived in states struggling the most economically.

The study found that, overall, the majority of Americans continue to support many specific government actions to mitigate global warming's effect. However, most Americans remain opposed to consumer taxes intended to decrease public use of electricity and gasoline.

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1.5 / 5 (17) May 09, 2012
I think we can blame the extremist ranting of the likes of Al Gore , Hansen, and Mann for this. The extremist element has done untold damage to the environment movement as evidenced by the incessant name calling and bulling in physorg warmista posts on the issue. They apparently have never heard the story of the boy who cried 'wolf'. It's time to tell the truth and put us much distance between ourselves and obvious scammers as possible. Obvious scams like the polar bear scam
3.3 / 5 (7) May 09, 2012
Mostly I think we can attribute this to the Great U.S. Recession which of course was caused by the ongoing failure of Conservatism, particularly during the failed presidency of George Bush Jr.

"I think we can blame the extremist ranting of the likes of Al Gore , Hansen, and Mann for this." - GregorTard

It is interesting to see that even immediately after a winter without winter the Anti-Science Conservatives will not be dissuaded from their course of self destruction.

Civil war is soon coming to America.

1.3 / 5 (13) May 09, 2012
economics doesn't appear to have played a role.
- lede

most Americans remain opposed to consumer taxes intended to decrease
- article body

Now I'm more confused. In any case, we can watch this slowly festering war of the fatally stupid in the media. Like watching the agonizing death of an unrepentant sinner burning on a pyre. Kinda joyful, like a wake. God Save America cause they have no hope otherwise. What a mess.

4.3 / 5 (6) May 09, 2012
What is really laughable is that America is a net EXPORTER of gasoline.

1.3 / 5 (16) May 09, 2012
What is really laughable is that America is a net EXPORTER of gasoline.

" ... the first year in more than 60 that America has been a net exporter of these fuels."

Its because the economy is so weakened by the incompetent Obama and the evil EPA.
1.2 / 5 (14) May 09, 2012
Climate change is real and is happening and we must act now to prevent a climate crisis.
Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!
Climate scientists have done to science what abusive priests did for the Catholic Church and if there were real legal consequences, you goose stepping followers of the CO2 exaggeration wouldn't still be shooting your mouths off like this and condemning billions of kids to a CO2 demise.
1.2 / 5 (15) May 09, 2012
Support for climate change action drops, poll finds
Just a few years of Texas-like droughts - and the Americans will vote differently. When the California and Texas will turn into desert - where do we expect all these people will migrate?
1 / 5 (7) May 09, 2012
Any scientist who agrees that 'the science is settled', isn't one.

And, choosing far-Left failed politician Al Gore as 'spokesman' for scientists wasn't a Nobel-winning move.

Bottom line, far-Left politicians seized the 'Global Warmalism' issue to further their anti-Corporate and anti-Capitalist agendas. Even if there is something to anthropogenic global climate change, allowing the science to be politicized by Al Gore &c. doomed it right from the start.

The 'science is settled', my ass!
1 / 5 (9) May 09, 2012
Civil war is soon coming to America.
You'd better hope not. But that seems what some of the misanthropes who are far-Left enviromentals desire; a fast, sharp reduction in human population so as to rid Mother Gaia of it's infestation.

I guarantee Al Gore and many of his ilk dream of a 75% or more worldwide human die-off.
5 / 5 (1) May 13, 2012
There is nothing more entertaining than watching fools die from their own foolishness.

You'd better hope not." - jdw
5 / 5 (1) May 13, 2012
Then why oh Tard of Tards, did the trend start in 2005 under the failure that was George Bush?

"Its because the economy is so weakened by the incompetent Obama and the evil EPA." - ParkerTard

Drill baby Drill. America needs to export more gasoline.

Ahahahahahahah... Republican Morons.....

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