The Plum Line's Greg Sargent looks at some of the data from the new Washington Post-ABC News poll about global warming.
They show that only a bare majority of Republicans believe in global warming, and that GOPers are surprisingly out of step with the rest of the electorate (independents included) on the issue. The crosstabs reveal:
- Only 54% of Republicans believe “the world’s temperature may have been going up slowly over the past 100 years,” versus 43% who don’t believe it. By contrast, 71% of independents say it’s been happening — almost exactly the same at the 72% overall who believe this. Obviously, an even higher number of Dems (86%) believe it.
- Only a quarter of Republicans believe global warming is a “very serious” problem, versus 43% of independents who believe this, nearly a 20-point difference. Overall, 44% believe it’s a very serious problem.
- Republicans are the only group where a minority (43%) believes that the United States should take action on global warming “even if other countries do less.” Majorities of independents (52%) and Democrats (66%) believe the U.S. should take action despite the actions of other countries.
Grist's David Roberts has another compelling take on the data, considering it in the context of the relentless campaign to attack and undermine the scientific consensus about our changing climate.
A ramped-up effort by conservatives and industry groups to cast doubt on climate science has largely failed to convince the public that the science is in error. The fact that the earth’s atmosphere has warmed over the last 100 years is accepted by 72 percent of the public, down from from 80 percent last year. The decline came principally from the ranks of self-identified Republicans. The partisan split has widened on the issue, but a solid majority of the public accepts the findings of climate science and supports legislative efforts to address climate change.
National and local Republican leaders have all been working overtime to convince the public that their partisan agenda is more sound than actual science.
- Kit Bond says there isn't a global warming crisis.
- Roy Blunt says "There isn’t any real science to say we are altering the climate path of the earth."
- Peter Kinder says climate change is a "massive fraud."
- Todd Akin doesn't believe in global warming, and even if it's real, he's excited about the idea of oceans rising so high he surf in Washington, DC.
- Blaine Luetkemeyer is completely out to lunch, and says we should cut funding for the UN's Climate Change Panel because they're "engaged in dubious science."
If everyone could join us back in the real world, that would be great.