Oh my: Belief in man-made global warming now under 50%

Hide the decline.


The good news for warmists: While only 45 percent believe in anthropogenic global warming, more than two-thirds believe that global warming is occurring. Moreover, these numbers are much rosier than the ones Pew got when they polled this question in October, with just 57 percent expressing a belief in GW at the time and a measly 36 percent subscribing to AGW. Even so, with all the buzz over Copenhagen and the effort expended to laugh at Climategate, it’s mind-boggling that the trend is towards skepticism, not belief. How much more hype do they need to manufacture to convince people? Are the statues not scary enough? Is Al Gore’s poetry not poignant enough? What’ll it take?

I know what it’ll take. It’ll take a guy no one trusts in the first place to blithely insist at today’s White House presser (for the second time this week) that “I think everybody is clear on the science.” Case closed. Bring on cap and trade! Click the image to watch.

Update: Ah, missed this in the CNN item at first glance:

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, released Monday, indicates that two-thirds of all Americans believe global warming is a proven fact.
That’s down eight points since June of 2008, with views among Democrats holding steady while Republicans’ belief in global warming dropping 11 points

The poll indicates the number who say the U.S. should reduce emissions even if other countries do not follow suit has also dropped, from 66 percent in 2007 to 58 percent today.

“That drop is due to roughly equal changes among Republicans and Democrats, suggesting that economic conditions, rather than political factors, may be at play,” noted Holland.

Just another partisan issue, driven by a reaction to the president? If so, then ironically greens probably would have been better off with McCain in the White House: Republican opposition on this issue wouldn’t have been as dug in.