Al Gore’s side may be coming to power in Washington, but they appear to be losing the battle on the idea that humans are to blame for global warming.
Forty-four percent (44%) of U.S. voters now say long-term planetary trends are the cause of global warming, compared to 41% who blame it on human activity.
Seven percent (7%) attribute global warming to some other reason, and nine percent (9%) are unsure in a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Democrats blame global warming on human activity, compared to 21% percent of Republicans. Two-thirds of GOP voters (67%) see long-term planetary trends as the cause versus 23% of Democrats. Voters not affiliated with either party by eight points put the blame on planetary trends.
That's not all:
With Barack Obama and the new Congress focused heavily on economic recovery, it’s interesting to note that 46% of voters believe there is a conflict between economic growth and environmental protection. Thirty-two percent (32%) see no such conflict, however, and 22% are not sure.Finally, it looks like all of the preaching and the pushing and the peddling of this nonsense without scientific data is finally starting to be realized, at least by a plurality of the public.
However, that is one thing that is so damnably frustrating about this poll. The same public who sees the folly of the AGW argument elected for Barack Obama, the most notoriously ecofriendly Presidential Candidate this side of Al Gore. Obama is going to pursue programs that address this problem. Obama is going to pursue policies that harm our economy in the name of environmental justice. In essence, a decent percentage of these people voted for Obama and by doing so contradicted their own beliefs and their self-interest in being opposed to these global warming arguments (perhaps speaking, again, to the relative weakness of the Republican brand in the 2008 election).
Opposition to self-interest aside, it's good to see that critical consideration of global warming arguments is continuing....