Lesser-educated folks and Republicans more likely to doubt global warming
The results of a new survey by the Pew Research Center on the issue of human-caused global warming reveal several fascinating patterns.
Americans with college degrees are far more likely than those with less education to say there is solid scientific evidence of global warming. But this education pattern gets a bit skewed when political partisanship is added to the equation.
For example, a whopping 87 percent of Democrats with college degrees agree with mainstream scientific theories on global warming, but the figure drops to 57 percent among Democrats with less education. And here’s the stunner: Only 28 percent of Republicans with college degrees say that human activity is mostly responsible for global warming. That’s not much more than the 23 percent of less-educated Republicans who agree.
Tea Party Republicans are the most skeptical about climate change. Forty-one percent of them say that global warming is simply not happening at all. Another 19 percent concede that warming exists but is due to natural causes, not human activity.
Another interesting pattern arises from responses to questions about scientific consensus on climate-change issues. Most Americans — including 71 percent of Democrats — correctly say that scientists generally are in agreement on human-caused global warming. But 48 percent of Republicans say the scientific community is divided on the issue.
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