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Sierra Daily

Nov 18, 2010

Partisan Reality

Pew is out with a new poll on public beliefs about global warming. It's not pretty:

These figures are not a whole lot different from Pew's similar poll last year. That one found 57% saying there was solid evidence for global warming, compared to 59% today. Sounds like progress! But compare that to 2006, when 79% thought there was good evidence for global warming, and 50% thought it was caused by human activity. Only 34% believe that now. That is largely because now global warming has become a partisan issue:

Pew threw some new questions into the mix this year, and found that the epicenter of global warming denialism in the GOP rested with those who identify with the Tea Party:

It's going to be a long two years--at least.

--Paul Rauber


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