This is simply amazing. After all the hype by media, politicians, entertainers, alarmist climate scientists, and even a Nobel Peace Prize-winning former Vice President, only 28% of Americans think climate scientists understand the causes of climate change “very well.”
That’s one finding of a Pew Research Study on which Scott Rasmussen reports in his #Number of the Day for August 21, 2017, which begins:
Twenty-eight percent (28%) of Americans think that climate scientists understand the causes of global climate change “very well.” A Pew Research study found that only 19% believe that the climate scientists have a very good understanding of the best ways to address the issue.
In general, the study found that Americans trust climate scientists more than politicians on the topic. Two-thirds (67%) believe scientists should play a major role in addressing policy issues on the matter. Most (56%) also believe that energy industry leaders (56%) and the general public (56%) should have a major say in such policy topics.
My goodness! The rumors of the death of common sense among Americans appear to have been premature!
Rasmussen goes on to report that the Pew study found that only 27% percent of Americans think there’s a consensus on global warming—despite years of their being told, over and over, even by former President Barack Obama, that “97% of all scientists agree” that global warming is real, mainly manmade, and dangerous enough to justify spending $Trillions to reduce it. Only 35% think over half of the scientists agree. Under a third say they think the scientists “rely on the best scientific evidence.” Just over a fourth believe scientists’ political views influence their work.
Finally, in stark contrast with the pessimism so nearly universal among climate alarmists and other environmentalists, “Most Americans (55%) believe that new technology will probably solve most of the problems from climate change.”