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28 Percent Think Climate Scientists Understand Climate Change

28 Percent Think Climate Scientists Understand Climate Change
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Twenty-eight percent of Americans think that climate scientists understand the causes of global climate change "very well." A Pew Research study found that only 19 percent believe that the climate scientists have a very good understanding of the best ways to address the issue.[1]

In general, the study found that Americans trust climate scientists more than politicians on the topic. Two-thirds (67 percent) believe scientists should play a major role in addressing policy issues on the matter. Most (56 percent) also believe that energy industry leaders (56 percent) and the general public (56 percent) should have a major say in such policy topics.

The Pew study, however, also found that people believe there are differences of opinion among the climate scientists. Only 27 percent believe that there is a consensus on the issue and that just about all climate scientists believe human behavior is mostly responsible for global climate change. Another 35 percent think more than half hold this view.

The survey also explored the degree of trust and confidence in those researching climate science. Thirty-six percent  believe that, most of the time, scientists’ research findings are motivated by a desire to advance their own careers. Only 32 percent say that they mostly rely on the best scientific evidence. Twenty-seven percent believe that political views of the scientists generally influence their work.

Liberal Democrats tend to express high levels of confidence in the climate scientists and their motives. Conservative Republicans are often quite skeptical. Most other Americans have mixed views.

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Most Americans (55 percent) believe that new technology will probably solve most of the problems from climate change.

Footnotes:

  1. Pew Research Center, "The Politics of Climate," October 4, 2016

    Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day is published by Ballotpedia. Each weekday, Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day explores interesting and newsworthy topics at the intersection of culture, politics, and technology.

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