16 Nov '11, 11am

Experts debunk polls claiming fewer Americans believe in climate change

Experts debunk polls claiming fewer Americans believe in climate change

Cross-posted from Climate Progress . Politicians, pundits, and the public have all been told by the media and others that public belief in global warming has dropped sharply. Except that it hasn't, as polling by Stanford, Ipsos, and Reuters make clear. National survey of American public opinion on global warming via Jon Krosnick, Stanford University. Yes, other polls, notably by Gallup and Pew, do seem to seem to show a sharp drop. But in exclusive interviews with Climate Progress, two leading experts on climate, public opinion, and media coverage -- Jon Krosnick and Max Boykoff -- explain what's really going on. The big apparent drop in some polls is almost certainly due to the combination of the collapse in media coverage of global warming, and pollsters asking a deeply flawed question. How is that possible? Well, let's look at a typical media spin on the subject, "Where...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-change/2011-11-16-experts-de...

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