Poll: Majority of Republicans believe global warming a hoax

Fifty-eight percent of Republicans believe that global warming is a “hoax,” compared to 11 percent of Democrats, according to new polling that underscores political divides over climate change among U.S. residents.

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The Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey is one of two polls released Tuesday that reveal sharply differing views on global warming between Democrats and Republicans.

A separate Pew Research Center poll showed that 44 percent of Republicans believe there is “solid evidence” of global warming, compared to 87 percent of Democrats (E2-Wire has more on that poll here).

In the PPP poll, the margin of error for the data on global warming is plus-or-minus 4.8 percent for Republicans and plus-or-minus 4.5 percent for Democrats.

The scientific consensus is that the planet is warming and human activities are a key driver, but a very small minority of scientists holds other views.

PPP often works with Democrats and environmental groups, but the results released Tuesday were not commissioned by any campaign or political organization, the company said.

The PPP survey took the pulse of public views about an array of  “conspiracy theories.”

It asked about whether the moon landing was faked, whether Bigfoot exists, whether Saddam Hussein was behind the Sept. 11 attacks, whether President Obama is the anti-Christ, whether the Bush administration intentionally lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and more.

The results are available here.

UPDATE: A third survey released Tuesday – this one from Yale University and George Mason University – also gauges Republican views on climate.

Their survey of Republicans and “Republican-leaning Independents” combined shows that 52 percent of this group believes climate change is happening.

It also explores views on a range of other energy topics. Check out the survey here.

This post was updated at 10:24 a.m.