Climate-Change Politics

January 12, 2016 10:28 AM

Want proof the climate-change debate has become politicized in the U.S.? Consider a November 2015 survey by the Pew Research Center.

The group asked Americans if they believe global climate change is a “very serious problem.” While 68% of Democrats said it was, only 20% of Republicans did. When asked if climate change is harming people now, 53% of Democrats versus 24% of Republicans agreed.


A month later, the Farm Journal Pulse asked farmers the same question: “Do you think climate change is a serious problem?” A total of 1,783 farmers answered, with 78% saying no and 22% saying yes.

In the Pew Research Center poll, respondents were asked about possible climate-change consequences. In the U.S., drought tops the list of potential risks at 50%, followed by:

  • Rising sea levels (17%)
  • Severe weather, such as floods or intense storms (16%)
  • Long periods of unusually hot temperatures (11%)

In the U.S., women and millennials are most likely to be concerned about climate change. Also, Catholics and the “religiously unaffiliated” are significantly more likely than Protestants to be concerned about climate change.

Globally, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa are generally the areas most concerned with potential effects of climate change, while China, Australia and parts of Europe are generally the least concerned. Countries with high carbon emissions per capita are less likely to say climate change is a serious problem, according to Pew.  

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David Overton
Austin, TX
1/2/2016 07:47 AM

  Good summary of the issue. I am hopeful that more information will help to reduce the differences. A good summary of the science behind climate change is from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, at Drought is probably one of the greatest risks to agriculture, and will be made worse by climate change.

Lake City, AR
4/4/2016 08:29 AM

  Why has Agweb still got this garbage up on their front page of news stories? Besides being garbage, it's almost three months old! Agweb, please quit pushing agendas.

detroit , MI
1/2/2016 11:40 AM

  Climate Blame "Belief" is the shameful exaggeration of vague science and pure fear mongering! Unless science agrees a CO2 HELL is as real as smoking causing cancer is, then only 34 MORE years of debate, denial, climate action failure and global disbelief is certain and unstoppable. Are the science gods you fear merchants exaggerate also only 99% sure the planet isn't flat? This is how your kids will remember you fear fostering eager "believers". Who's the neocon?


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