A new Gallup poll shows a record 50% of Americans are concerned about global warming, up from 37% recorded in 2015.
Gallup separates its poll into three categories: “Concerned Believers,” “Mixed Middle,” and “Cool Skeptics,” with ‘concerned believers’ taking global warming “very” seriously.
The new poll shows “Mixed Middle” dropped from a high of 45% in 2012 to a low of 31% in 2017, while “Cool Skeptics” went from 26% in 2015 to 19% in 2017.
These results suggest that those in the “Mixed Middle” and “Cool Skeptics” categories are diminishing while those in the “Concerned Believers” category are increasing.
According to Gallup’s website, their analysis is based on the following four questions:
Concern: How much Americans worry about global warming or climate change — a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or not at all.
Seriousness: Whether the seriousness of global warming is generally exaggerated, underestimated, or assessed correctly in the news.
Cause: Whether global warming is mainly the result of pollution from human activities or mainly from natural causes.
Threat: Whether Americans believe global warming will pose a serious threat to themselves or their way of life in their own lifetime.
These same questions have been asked 10 times since 2001, Gallup reports, with the most recent results taken from polls dated March 1-5, 2017.
Gallup reports 100% of “Concerned Believers” think human activity causes global warming and that news reports do not exaggerate the problem. Two-thirds of this group believe global warming will pose a serious threat in their lifetime.
“Cool Skeptics,” on the other hand, believe news reports exaggerate global warming, that human activity is not to blame, and do not think it will pose a serious threat in their lifetime. “Mixed Middle” is a combination of the two.
As for the demographics of the poll, Gallup reports the majority of those in the “Concerned Believers” category are Democrats, female, and younger-aged. The report suggests that political affiliation is a big factor that can determine with which group a person will associate themselves.
The Gallup poll shows nearly half of ‘concerned believers’ identify as Democrats (47%), whereas 61% of ‘cool skeptics’ are Republican.
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