Do humans cause climate change? Even now, only half of Americans say yes.

May 25, 2023

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Even now, only half of Americans believe humans cause climate change. 

That finding, from a new Ipsos poll, illuminates a yawning gap between public opinion and science on perhaps the most important scientific question of our time. 

Forty-nine percent of Americans believe climate change is caused mostly by human actions, the survey found, the lowest share reported in several years of polling.  

In other words, a narrow majority of the country disagrees with the nation’s scientists, nearly all of whom are certain that humans cause global warming. Twenty-seven percent of Americans say climate change is natural. Seven percent say the climate isn’t changing. Most other respondents say they aren’t sure...

The split “is being fed by the culture wars, and by those who find the climate narrative a perfect foil for what they view as a kind of ‘woke’ America,” said Frank Sesno, director of strategic initiatives at the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University. 

The full article can be found in The Hill.