It’s a Miracle! Poll Says Half of Republicans Now Believe in Global Warming
Nearly half of Republicans say there is “solid evidence” of global warming, a 37 percent jump from 2009, according to a new PEW Research Center poll.
According to the poll, conducted between October 4 and October 7, 67 percent of all Americans and 48 percent of Republicans say that the Earth is warming, a 4 percentage-point jump from last year and a 10 percentage-point jump from 2009; 42 percent of Americans and about a third of Republicans say that they believe the warming is caused by human activity.
Despite the uptick, the numbers are still far below numbers from the middle of last decade, when 77 percent of all Americans and nearly two thirds of Republicans believed the Earth was warming. According to experts, those numbers fell around the time when the economy collapsed in 2008 and people began worrying about other issues.
“Adults have a limited attention span for public policy issues and tend to grow tired of the same issues if they persist over a number of years … it may be applicable to a long-term issue such as climate change,” Jon Miller, a University of Michigan professor wrote in a July study about Generation X’s thoughts on climate change.