Saturday, December 03, 2011

Does a public opinion poll on global warming mean anything?

The partisan polling of layman on what they think about complex matters and then representing the results as meaningful is absurd.

Outside of the voting context, “public opinion” is as dubious a metric as “mean global temperature.”

The grand irony, of course, is that if public opinion as measured by Pew mattered, we’d have had climate regulation long ago. But we don’t because, in the end, “public opinion” is just a charade.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Public opinion matters, Tom. I'd say push for a tv / web campaign that emphasizes (mainly) two key points: 1. current temps are not unusual (no h.stick), 2. Co2 has not been shown to be a cause (but a result) of temp changes.