Judging from an annual survey by researchers at Yale and George Mason universities, the American public is roughly as fractured in its attitudes toward climate change today as it was last year. In the first of four reports based on the poll, the researchers estimate that 64 percent of American adults now believe that the planet is warming, up slightly from 61 percent last year. When asked to assume that global warming is happening and to ascribe a cause, only 47 percent said that it was caused mostly by human activity, however, down from 50 percent last year. Roughly mirroring last year’s results, 52 percent of Americans said they were either “very worried” or “somewhat worried” about the warming trend, while 48 percent said they were “not very worried” or “not at all worried” about it. Most Americans seem unaware of the broad consensus among scientists that global warming is under way. Only 39 percent of the respondents agreed that “most scientists think global warming is happening,” and 40 percent agreed with the statement, “There is a lot of disagreement among scientists about whether or not global warming is happening.” Eighteen percent said they did not know enough to say one way or the other. When questioned about flooding, droughts, hurricanes, and wildfires, roughly half the adults surveyed strongly agreed or agreed somewhat that global warming was making such events worse, however. All the same, despite the frequency of such events recently, only 12 percent said they had been thinking “a lot” about global warming, versus 18 percent last year.
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