The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 37% of US voters blame human activity for global warming—a one percentage point decrease from the October poll—while 47% blame global warming on planetary trends—an increase of one percentage point. Just 5% point to some other reason.
|The percentage of US voters attributing climate change to human activity continues to trend downward. Click to enlarge.|
Voter belief that human activity is the primary cause of global warming has declined significantly over the past year, according to the Rasmussen polls. In April of last year, the numbers were nearly the mirror image of the current numbers. At that time, 47% blamed human activity and only 34% named long term planetary trends as the reason for climate change.
Sixty-two percent of voters consider global warming to be a serious problem, including 34% who see it as very serious. However, the number who see it as a Very Serious problem has declined seven points since January and thirteen points since April 2008.
Most voters (58%) view finding new sources of energy as more important than reducing the amount of energy now consumed by Americans, a finding that has remained fairly consistent throughout the year. A third of voters (34%) take the opposing view and say it is more important to reduce energy use.
Forty-four percent (44%) of voters now see a conflict between economic growth and environmental protection, up six points over the past month. That finding is more consistent with results found earlier in the year. Only 31% do not see this conflict, but another 25% are undecided.