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Poll: Many Believe Global Warming Overhyped

Thursday, 12 Mar 2009 10:58 PM

Skepticism about global warming among the American public is growing, with 41 percent of those polled now saying the danger over climate change is exaggerated, according to a Gallup poll. That figure represents the highest level of public skepticism about mainstream reporting on global warming in more than a decade of Gallup polling on the subject.

As recently as 2006, more Americans thought that newspaper and TV reporters underestimated the seriousness of global warming than said it was exaggerated: 38 percent vs. 30 percent. Now, more Americans say the problem is exaggerated rather than underestimated, 41 percent vs. 28 percent.

Those who identify themselves as Republicans have grown increasingly likely to believe media coverage of global warming is exaggerated. But this year’s Gallup survey marks a relatively sharp increase among independents as well. In just the past year, Republican doubters grew from 59 percent to 66 percent, and independents from 33 percent to 44 percent, while the rate among Democrats remained close to 20 percent, Gallup said.

Notably, Gallup added, “all of the past year's uptick in cynicism about the seriousness of global warming coverage occurred among Americans 30 and older. The views of 18- to 29-year-olds, the age group generally most concerned about global warming and most likely to say the problem is underestimated, didn't change.”

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