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American Opinion on Climate Change Follows Rising Waters

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Posted on Nov 10, 2012
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A Rasmussen poll released Friday shows 68 percent of Americans see global warming as a “serious problem,” up from 46 percent in 2009. In 2010, Gallup reported 48 percent of Americans thought the dangers of global warming were exaggerated.

Rasmussen further reported that 41 percent of those polled believe human activity is responsible for climate change, whereas 38 percent believe it is caused by regular shifts in the environment.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

The Huffington Post:

It’s not just American voters that are becoming more convinced that climate change is a real problem. Some Republican politicians are also growing concerned. Earlier this year, New Jersey Governor and once-rumored VP candidate Chris Christie admitted that “climate change is real” and “impacting our state.”

One possible factor as to why people’s beliefs are changing? The recent extreme weather in the United States. Between Hurricane Sandy, record high temperatures and wildfires across the nation, many people are seeing a connection between the changing weather and the climate.

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