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Associated Press-Stanford University poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Sept. 21-23, 2007. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

"If nothing is done to reduce global warming in the future, how serious of a problem do you think it will be for the world . . . ?"

.

Very
Serious
Somewhat
Serious
Not So
Serious
Not Serious
At All
Unsure
% % % % %

9/21-23/07

59 20 12 8 1

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Aug. 1-2, 2007. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4 (for all adults).

"Which ONE of the following do you think is the most important environmental problem facing the world today? Is it [see below], or some other environmental problem that I haven't mentioned?" Options rotated

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  8/1-2/07 4/13-14/00    
  % %    

Global warming

38 12    

Water pollution

14 19    

Air pollution

13 19    

Garbage and landfills

10 17    

Loss of ozone layer

7 13    

Endangered or vanished species

3 5    

Acid rain

1 3    

Other problem

7 4    

Unsure

7 8    

.

"Now, thinking specifically about the issue of global warming: Do you think most climate scientists agree that the earth has been warming in recent years, or do you think there is a lot of disagreement among climate scientists about whether the earth has been warming?"

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Most Agree A Lot of Dis-agreement Unsure    
% % %    

8/1-2/07

52 39 9    

.

"Do you think most climate scientists agree that human activities, such as burning coal and oil, are a major cause of global warming, or do you think there is a lot of disagreement among climate scientists about whether human activities are a major cause?"

.

Most Agree A Lot of Dis-agreement Unsure    
% % %    

8/1-2/07

47 42 11    

.

"Which of the following best describes your views about global warming and climate change? Do you think climate change is already happening because of global warming, will happen in the next few years, will happen in your lifetime, will not happen in your lifetime but will affect future generations, or will never happen because of global warming?"

.

  %      

Already happening

46      

Will happen in next few years

4      

Will happen in your lifetime

12      

Will affect future generations

21      

Will never happen

9      

Unsure

8      

.

"Looking ahead 50 years from today, do you think global warming will be a major threat to human life on earth, a minor threat, or not a threat?"

.

Major
Threat
Minor
Threat
Not a
Threat
Unsure  
% % % %  

8/1-2/07

46 27 18 9  

.

"Thinking about the reporting you've seen or heard recently about global warming in the news media, do you think the media generally exaggerate the threat of climate change from global warming, don't take the threat of climate change seriously enough, or are about right in their reporting?"

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Exaggerate Don't Take
Seriously
Enough
About Right Unsure  
% % % %  

8/1-2/07

42 22 30 6  

.

"How important will a candidate's views on global warming be in determining your vote for U.S. Congress next year? Will it be the single most important issue, or one of several important issues, or not important in determining your vote?" N=872 registered voters, MoE ± 4 (for all registered voters)

.

Single Most
Important
One of
Several
Not
Important
Unsure  
% % % %  

ALL reg. voters

4 59 36 1  

   Republicans

2 35 62 1  

   Democrats

7 70 22 1  

   Independents

3 65 31 1  

.

"In general, which political party do you trust more to handle the issue of global warming: the Republicans or the Democrats?" Options rotated

.

Democrats Republicans Both Equally
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

8/1-2/07

52 21 3 15 9

.

"Do you think the Bush Administration has done as much as it should to try to address climate change and reduce global warming, or hasn't done enough?"

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As Much as
It Should
Hasn't Done
 Enough
Unsure    
% % %    

8/1-2/07

21 68 11    

.

"From what you know about the actions this country might take to address climate change and reduce global warming, do you think the economic costs would be unacceptably high, or it can be done without taking on high economic costs, or the economic costs would be high but worth the sacrifice?"

.

Too High Without
High Costs
High But
Worth It
Unsure  
% % % %  

8/1-2/07

17 27 42 14  

.

"As I read you some things the government might do to address climate change and reduce global warming, please tell me if each is something you think government should require by law, or should encourage through tax breaks but not require, or should stay out of entirely. What about this: [see below]?"

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Require Encourage Stay Out Of Unsure  
% % % %  

Building cars that use less gasoline

  8/1-2/07

44 33 16 7  

.

Building air conditioners, refrigerators, or other appliances that use less electricity

  8/1-2/07

34 39 21 6  

.

Building new homes and offices that use less energy for heating and cooling

  8/1-2/07

27 48 19 6  

.

Lowering the amount of greenhouse gases that power plants are allowed to release into the air

  8/1-2/07

57 21 14 8  

.

"In the past few years, have you personally taken any steps to reduce your own energy consumption because of concerns related to climate change and global warming, or is that something you plan to do in the future, or is this something you don't expect to do?"

.

Have Taken
Steps
Plan To In
The Future
Don't
Expect To
Unsure  
% % % %  

8/1-2/07

61 18 17 4  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. May 4-6, 2007. N=1,028 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Which of the following statements comes closest to your view of global warming? Global warming is a proven fact and is mostly caused by emissions from cars and industrial facilities such as power plants and factories. Global warming is a proven fact and is mostly caused by natural changes that have nothing to do with emissions from cars and industrial facilities. Global warming is a theory that has not yet been proven."

.

Fact: Cars,
Industry
Fact: Natural
Changes
An Unproven
Theory
Unsure  
% % % %  

5/4-6/07

54 20 22 4  

 

 

 

ABC News/Washington Post/Stanford University Poll. April 5-10, 2007. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Fieldwork by TNS.

.

"How would you rate the condition of the natural environment in the world today: excellent, good, fair, poor, or very poor?"

.

Excellent Good Fair Poor Very Poor
% % % % %

4/5-10/07

3 20 41 26 9

3/9-14/06

3 21 43 25 8

.

"What in your opinion is the single biggest environmental problem the world faces at this time?" If "air pollution" or "pollution": "What about air pollution/pollution do you have in mind?"

.

4/5-10/07 3/9-14/07    
% %    
Global warming/Climate change 33 16    
Air pollution 13 13    
Pollution (misc.) 8 7    
Energy problems 6 8    
Toxic substances in environment 6 7    
Water pollution 5 6    
Loss of habitat/Overdevelopment 4 7    
Other 15 27    
None 1 2    
Unsure 8 7    

.

"You may have heard about the idea that the world's temperature may have been going up slowly over the past 100 years. What is your personal opinion on this? Do you think this has probably been happening, or do you think it probably hasn't been happening?

.

Has Been Hasn't Been Unsure
% % %

4/5-10/07

84 13 3
3/9-14/06 85 13 2

.

"How important is the issue of global warming to you personally: extremely important, very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?"

.

Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not Too
Important
Not at All
Important
% % % % %

4/5-10/07

18 34 30 8 9
3/9-14/06 17 33 32 10 8

.

"Do you think the federal government should do more than it's doing now to try to deal with global warming, should do less than it's doing now, or is it doing about the right amount?"

.

Should Do
More
Should Do
Less
About
Right
Unsure
% % % %

4/5-10/07

70 7 21 2
3/9-14/06 68 5 25 1

.

"For each of the following, please tell me whether you favor or oppose it as a way for the federal government to try to reduce future global warming. . . ."

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %

.

"Increase taxes on electricity so people use less of it"

   4/5-10/07 20 79 1
   3/9-14/06 19 81 -

.

"Increase taxes on gasoline so people either drive less, or buy cars that use less gas"

   4/5-10/07 32 67 1
   3/9-14/06 31 68 1

.

"For the next items, please tell me for each one whether it's something the government should require by law, encourage with tax breaks but not require, or stay out of entirely. . . ."

.

Require Encourage Stay Out of
Entirely
Unsure
% % % %

.

"Building cars that use less gasoline"

   4/5-10/07 42 44 14 1
   3/9-14/06 45 40 15 -

.

"Building air conditioners, refrigerators and other appliances that use less electricity"

   4/5-10/07 36 43 19 1
   3/9-14/06 42 41 17 1

.

"Lowering the amount of greenhouse gases that power plants are allowed to release into the air"

   4/5-10/07 62 26 10 3
   3/9-14/06 61 26 11 2

.

"Who do you trust to do a better job handling [see below]: George W. Bush or the Democrats in Congress?" Options rotated

.

George
W. Bush
Democrats
In Congress
Both
Equally (vol.)
Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

"The environment overall"

   4/5-10/07 21 53 1 20 4

.

"Global warming"

   4/5-10/07 19 59 1 17 4

.

"Issues involving the national parks"

   4/5-10/07 24 57 1 12 6

.

"What do you think should be a higher priority in management of the country's national parks: protecting natural habitats and wildlife, or providing public access for recreational use?" Options rotated

.

Protecting
Nature
Providing
Access
Both (vol.) Unsure
% % % %

4/5-10/07

79 13 7 1

.

"Thinking for a moment about the world's oceans, how much does [see below] concern you: a great deal, a good amount, just some or hardly at all?"

.

A Great
Deal
A Good
Amount
Just Some Hardly
At All
Not at All
(vol.)
% % % % %

"Depletion of fish stocks through overfishing"

   4/5-10/07 38 25 23 11 2

.

"Pollution of the oceans"

   4/5-10/07 52 25 16 5 1

.

"A rise in sea level due to global warming"

   4/5-10/07 35 23 22 15 3

.

"Do you think the federal government should do more to regulate commercial fishing in U.S. waters, should it do less or should it leave the rules as they are?"

.

More Less Leave Rules
As They Are
Unsure
% % % %

4/5-10/07

51 3 41 5

.

"In your household do you currently recycle trash -- such as paper, plastic, glass and metal cans -- or not?

.

Yes No
% %

4/5-10/07

75 25

 

Gallup Poll. March 11-14, 2007. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"All things considered, do you think the environmental movement in this nation has done more good than harm, or more harm than good? Would you say it has done definitely more good than harm, probably more good than harm, probably more harm than good, or definitely more harm than good?" Options rotated

.

Definitely
More Good
Than Harm
Probably
More Good
Than Harm
Probably
More Harm
Than Good
Definitely
More Harm
Than Good
Unsure
% % % % %
3/11-14/07 22 44 21 10 3
3/7-10/05 22 47 19 9 3
4/3-9/00 33 42 12 9 4
1/5 - 3/31/92 33 43 11 3 11

.

"I'm going to read you a list of environmental problems. As I read each one, please tell me if you personally worry about this problem a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or not at all. How much do you personally worry about [see below]?"

.

Great Deal Fair Amount Only a Little Not at All

.

% % % %

.

.

"Pollution of drinking water"

   3/11-14/07

58 24 12 5

.

   3/13-16/06

54 27 12 7

.

   3/8-11/04

53 24 17 6

.

.

"Pollution of rivers, lakes and reservoirs".

   3/11-14/07

53 31 13 3

.

   3/13-16/06

51 33 11 5

.

   3/8-11/04

48 31 16 5

.

.

"Contamination of soil and water by toxic waste".

   3/11-14/07

52 28 13 7

.

   3/13-16/06

52 29 13 6

.

   3/8-11/04

48 26 21 5

.

.

"Maintenance of the nation's supply of fresh water for household needs"

   3/11-14/07

51 27 16 5

.

   3/13-16/06

49 27 14 9

.

   3/8-11/04

47 25 20 8

.

.

"Air pollution".

   3/11-14/07

46 33 15 5

.

   3/13-16/06

44 34 15 7

.

   3/8-11/04

39 30 23 8

.

.

"The loss of tropical rain forests"

.

.

   3/11-14/07

43 30 17 10

.

   3/13-16/06

40 24 22 13

.

   3/8-11/04

35 26 23 15

.

.

"Damage to the earth's ozone layer"

.

.

   3/11-14/07

43 27 19 11

.

   3/13-16/06

40 28 19 13

.

   3/8-11/04

33 27 26 14

.

.

"The 'greenhouse effect,' or global warming"

.

.

   3/11-14/07

41 24 18 16

.

   3/13-16/06

36 26 21 15

.

   3/8-11/04

26 25 28 19

.

.

"Extinction of plant and animal species"

.

.

   3/11-14/07

39 30 19 12

.

   3/13-16/06

34 29 23 14

.

   3/8-11/04

36 26 23 15

.

.

"Acid rain"

.

.

   3/11-14/07

25 25 28 20

.

   3/13-16/06

24 28 24 23

.

   3/8-11/04

20 26 27 26

.

.

"Next, thinking about the issue of global warming, sometimes called the 'greenhouse effect,' how well do you feel you understand this issue? Would you say very well, fairly well, not very well, or not at all?"

.

Very Well Fairly Well Not Very Well Not at All

.

% % % %

.

3/11-14/07 22 54 19 4

.

3/13-16/06 21 53 20 6

.

.

"Which of the following statements reflects your view of when the effects of global warming will begin to happen? They have already begun to happen. They will start happening within a few years. They will start happening within your lifetime. They will not happen within your lifetime, but they will affect future generations. OR, They will never happen." Options rotated

.

Already
Happening
Within a
Few Years
Within Your
Lifetime
Future
Generations
Never
% % % % %
3/11-14/07 59 3 8 19 8
3/13-16/06 58 5 10 15 8

3/05

54 5 10 19 9

3/04

51 5 12 18 11

3/03

51 6 12 17 10

3/02

53 5 13 17 9

3/01

54 4 13 18 7

11/97

48 3 14 19 9

.

"Thinking about what is said in the news, in your view, is the seriousness of global warming generally exaggerated, generally correct, or is it generally underestimated?" Options rotated

.

Exaggerated Correct Under-
estimated
Unsure

.

% % % %

.

3/11-14/07 33 29 35 4

.

3/13-16/06 30 28 38 4

.

.

"And from what you have heard or read, do you believe increases in the Earth's temperature over the last century are due more to the effects of pollution from human activities, or natural changes in the environment that are not due to human activities?" Options rotated

.

Human
Activities
Natural
Changes
Unsure

.

.

% % %

.

.

3/11-14/07 61 35 5

.

.

3/13-16/06 58 36 6

.

.


 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Jan. 30-31, 2007. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all registered voters).

.

"How well do you feel that you understand the issue of global warming? . . ."

.

Very Well Somewhat
Well
Not Very
Well
Not Well
at All
Unsure
% % % % %

1/30-31/07

32 47 13 5 3

10/25-26/05

27 48 14 8 2

.

"Do you believe global warming exists?"

.

Yes No Unsure

.

% % %

.

1/30-31/07

82 10 8

.

10/25-26/05

77 13 10

.

.

Asked of those who believe global warming exists (N=737, MoE ± 4):
"Do you believe global warming is caused by normal climate patterns or by people's behavior, such as driving and burning too much fossil fuel like coal and oil?"

.

Normal
Patterns
People's
Behavior
Both (vol.) Unsure

.

% % % %

.

1/30-31/07

14 41 38 8

.

10/25-26/05

17 46 30 6

.


 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Jan. 19-21, 2007. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.5.

.

"Which of the following statements comes closest to your view of global warming? Global warming is a proven fact. Global warming is a theory that has not yet been proven."

.

Fact Theory Unsure

.

% % %

.

1/19-21/07

57 38 5

.

.

"Do you think the government should or should not put new restrictions on emissions from cars and industrial facilities such as power plants and factories in an attempt to reduce the effects of global warming?"

.

Should Should Not Unsure

.

% % %

.

1/19-21/07

75 21 4

.


 

CBS News Poll. Jan. 18-21, 2007. N=1,168 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you think global warming is an environmental problem that is causing a serious impact now, or do you think global warming isn't having a serious impact?"

.

Serious
Impact Now
Not a Serious
Impact
Unsure

%

%

%

1/18-21/07

70

23

7

8/17-21/06

67

28

5


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Jan. 17-20, 2007. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1 (for all adults).

.

"From what you know about global climate change or global warming, which one of the following statements comes closest to your opinion? Global climate change has been established as a serious problem, and immediate action is necessary. There is enough evidence that climate change is taking place and some action should be taken. We don't know enough about global climate change, and more research is necessary before we take any actions. Concern about global climate change is unwarranted."

.

Immediate
Action
Some
Action
More
Research
Concern
Unwarranted
Unsure
% % % % %
1/17-20/07 34 30 25 8 3
6/9-12/06 29 30 28 9 4

7/24-26/99

23 28 32 11 6

 

 

 

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