A recent survey conducted by Scientific American on a range of issues notes that climate change scepticism may be in decline:
“…Numerous polls show a decline in the percentage of Americans who believe humans affect climate, but our survey suggests the nation is not among the worst deniers. (Those are France, Japan and Australia.) Attitudes, however, may be shifting the other way. Among those respondents who have changed their opinions in the past year, three times more said they are more certain than less certain that humans are changing the climate.”
Are things swinging towards a greater acceptance of climate change?
The survey asked the following question: “Over the past year, have your views on climate altered in any way?”
The figures for Australia are as follows:
- My views have not changed – 49%
- I am more doubtful that human activity is changing the climate – 37%
- I am more certain humans are changing the climate – 14%
Of those changing their minds, more people are accepting the science.
Which indicates, that despite all the sound-and-fury of the denial movement they are losing.
However, the survey conducted polled SciAm readers, as science friendly sample as you are going to get:
“…Scientific American partnered with our sister publication, Nature, the international journal of science, to poll readers online. More than 21,000 people responded via the Web sites of Nature and of Scientific American and its international editions. As expected, it was a supportive and science-literate crowd—19 percent identified themselves as Ph.Ds. But attitudes differed widely depending on particular issues—climate, evolution, technology—and on whether respondents live in the U.S., Europe or Asia.”
I’ve been saying that climate change denial is entering it’s own death spiral in response to real world events.
Time will tell.
[Hat tip: Pharyngula]