Thanks to Joseph Hartman of ClearVision for this Yale University/Gallup/ClearVision public opinion poll on climate issues.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2007
CONTACT: Anthony Leiserowitz, PhD – Yale University 203-432-4865
Americans Consider Global Warming an Urgent Threat
Sixty-two percent of respondents to a national survey believe that life on earth will continue without major disruptions only if society takes immediate and drastic action to reduce global warming.
Further, 68 percent of Americans support a new international treaty requiring the United States to cut its emissions of carbon dioxide 90 percent by the year 2050 according to the survey conducted by Yale University, Gallup and the ClearVision Institute. By comparison, the Kyoto Protocol would require the United States to cut its emissions 7 percent by the year 2012.
“One of the most surprising findings was the growing sense of urgency,” said Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change and the study’s principal investigator. “Nearly half of Americans now believe that global warming is either already having dangerous impacts on people around the world or will in the next 10 years — a 20-percentage-point increase since 2004. These results indicate a sea change in public opinion.”
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