Climate Change - Climate Change survey in America: Only 18% believe it's real, caused by humans, and harmful
Americans are sharply divided in their beliefs about whether climate change is real, according to a new study commissioned by The Nature Conservancy and other leading conservation and climate action groups.
The study — the American Climate Values Survey (ACVS), conducted by the consulting group EcoAmerica — also found that only 18 percent of survey respondents strongly believe that climate change is real, human-caused and harmful. It also found that political party affiliation is the single largest indicator as to whether people see climate change as a threat.
Nature.org: Your survey also found that only 18 percent of respondents strongly believe that global warming is real, caused by humans and is harmful. Should we be discouraged by these findings? Do they mean that conservation groups have an uphill battle in educating the public about climate change?
Lee Bodner: That 18 percent represents the "base" of a growing movement to fight global warming.