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Global Poll: Americans Don't Believe in Climate Change Alarm

By John Blosser   |   Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 05:59 PM

Americans don't believe climate change is any big deal, and don't believe man is causing it.

ThinkProgress reports that in a worldwide survey of 16,000 people, the British polling company Ipsos Mori, in its first Global Trends Survey, asked whether respondents agreed or disagreed that, "The climate change we are currently seeing is a natural phenomenon that happens from time to time." India and the U.S. tied, with 52 percent agreeing with the proposition.

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When the firm asked whether, "The climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity," 32 percent in the U.S. said they didn't agree. Even in Australia, where voters recently repealed their carbon tax law, only 25 percent disagreed with that statement.

The survey matched up with the results of a Pew Research Center poll that found that U.S. respondents were the least likely in the world to consider global climate change a major threat to their country — only 40 percent agreed that it was, as compared, for example, to a worldwide average of 54 percent and 65 percent in Latin American countries. 

Americans, according to Pew, were much more concerned with North Korea's nuclear program (59 percent), Islamic extremist groups (56 percent), and international financial instability (52 percent), as the biggest threats to peace and stability in the US, than they were worried about global climate change.

The rest of the world disagrees. In France, Italy, Turkey, Spain and Argentina, 80 percent ranked man-caused climate change as one of their biggest worries, according to the Ipsos Mori survey. Just 34 percent of Swedes, 26 percent of South Koreans and 22 percent of Japanese agreed that global climate change was a natural phenomenon that occurs every now and then.

Only 57 percent of Americans believe we are headed for trouble if we don't quickly alter our environmental behavior, but in China, 91 percent said that, without rapid change, we are headed for environmental disaster.

The Ipsos Mori study covered 20 countries. In the Pew study, which covered 39 countries, the center commented, "Americans are relatively unconcerned about global climate change. Four-in-ten say this poses a major threat to their nation, making Americans among the least concerned about this issue of the 39 publics surveyed, along with people in China, Czech Republic, Jordan, Israel, Egypt and Pakistan."

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