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Poll: Approximately 80% of Americans call rising temperatures a 'serious problem'


Some of the most skeptical Americans now say they are convinced that climate change is happening, a recent poll suggests (courtesy: Kevin Moore)
Some of the most skeptical Americans now say they are convinced that climate change is happening, a recent poll suggests (courtesy: Kevin Moore)

The Canadian Press

December 14, 2012 — Nearly four out of five Americans now believe that temperatures are rising and that climate change could become a serious problem in the future, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-GfK.

Widespread drought in the Midwest this past summer has convinced some Americans that climate change is happening
Widespread drought in the Midwest this past summer has convinced some Americans that climate change is happening

Some of the most skeptical Americans now say they are convinced that climate change is happening, due to the recent flooding of the subway tunnels of New York, the melting of polar ice and widespread drought in the Midwest.

Approximately 78% of respondents in a new poll believe that temperatures are rising and 80% believe that this poses a serious problem.

This is an increase from 2009, when the figures were 75% and 73%, respectively.

About a third of those surveyed said they had little or no confidence in scientists regarding climate change.

Among the most skeptical Americans, 61 percent now say that temperatures appear to be rising, compared to only 47% in 2009.

The survey was conducted between November 29 and December 3 by telephone.

There were 1002 respondents, and the poll has a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points.

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