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Poll: On Climate Change, More Trust Fox News Than Obama

By    |   Monday, 06 April 2015 03:54 PM

More Americans now view Fox News as a more reliable source of information about climate change than President Barack Obama, according to a new poll from St. Leo University.

The survey of 1,016 Americans reports that 17 percent believe the reporting of Fox News on climate change, while only 11 percent trust the president. The most trusted sources were non-government scientists and educators, who were mentioned 45 percent of the time, and environmental groups, which were cited 33 percent of the time.

The poll allowed for multiple answers to be given.

Coming in just ahead of Fox News were various mainstream media outlets, such as The Associated Press, The New York Times, and the major broadcast news networks, appearing in 22 percent of responses.

The poll found that a majority of Americans do harbor concerns about climate change, with 30 percent saying they were "very concerned" and 43 percent responding that they were "somewhat concerned" about the issue. That figure includes 57 percent of Republicans and 88 percent of Democrats, according to the poll.

Combined, the respondents who said they were either not concerned or had little concern about climate change represented 26 percent. Just 6 percent believed talk radio hosts Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh, while 1 percent said they were unsure.

The poll also found that some respondents do not fully understand the issue.

"Global climate change theory predicts changes from the natural variations, yet 61 percent of the respondents think changes are a combination of both man-made and natural variation. This suggests that most people do not understand, or don’t believe, that climate scientists have already considered the contributions of nature," said Dr. Leo Ondrovic, a Saint Leo University science faculty member who tracks global climate change research.

While the issue of global warming or climate change consistently ranks low on the list of voter priorities, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 58 percent of registered voters said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate willing to take action on climate change, including 38 percent who view it as an important issue.

However, Gallup reported at the end of March that the public's concern about several major environmental threats has declined after increasing last year.

The survey, which was conducted March 5-8, found that 32 percent worry a "great deal" about climate change or global warming, compared with 34 percent who held the same view in 2014.

"Despite ups and downs from year to year in the percentage worried about the various issues, the rank order of the environmental problems has remained fairly consistent over the decades. Americans express greater concern over more proximate threats including pollution of drinking water, as well as pollution of rivers, lakes and reservoirs, and air pollution than they do about longer-term threats such as global warming, the loss of rain forests, and plant and animal extinction," said Gallup analyst Jeffrey Jones.

Reflective of the public's mistrust in the media, Jones said that even as global warming has received more attention from the media and politicians, "Americans' worry about it is no higher now than when Gallup first asked about it in 1989."

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