Poll: Partisanship in global warming opinions growing
The partisan divide among American adults regarding climate change appears to be growing, according to a new poll.
Sixty-nine percent of Republicans surveyed in a Gallup poll released Wednesday said they think the seriousness of global warming is exaggerated, up from 66 percent a year ago.
That compares with only 4 percent of Democrats who think concerns are exaggerated, down from 10 percent in 2017.
Other key measures of climate change opinions showed similarly growing partisanship, Gallup said.
Among Republicans, only 42 percent said that most scientists think global warming is occurring, 11 percentage points lower than last year. Democrats’ opinions on that question are the same as last year, with 86 percent agreeing.
A similar pattern was found in questions regarding whether the effects of global warming have begun, whether global warming is caused by human activity and whether respondents worry a “great deal” or “fair amount” about warming.
“President Donald Trump, who has called global warming a ‘hoax,’ may have contributed to this widening divide by reversing a number of government actions to address the issue,” Gallup said regarding the data.
The polling firm noted several of Trump’s policy moves, including him deciding to pull out of the Paris agreement, eliminating climate change as a national security threat and removing mentions of climate and global warming from government websites.
Still, the poll found that 45 percent of adults said global warming will pose a serious threat in their lifetimes. While the answers were similarly partisan, the 45 percent figure is the highest since Gallup began asking climate questions in 1997.
The latest survey of 1,041 adults was conducted March 1-8 via telephones with an overall margin of error of 4 percentage points.
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