Saturday, October 24, 2009

Is Global Warming?

A new survey by Pew Research says more Americans would answer "no, not really." I'm struggling to understand why... as Pew says in the article, "From 2006 to 2008, these numbers had been quite stable" (regarding the number of people who viewed warming as a serious or very serious problem).

I understand that this year and last have been filled with debates about the economy and health care, both of which hit closer to home with Joe American. What I don't understand is how that translates into fewer people believing that global warming is happening.

The biggest losses are among Independents and moderate Democrats, who represent the margin of this issue, I suppose. Is anyone able to shed some light on why?

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