Conservative political leaders remain in denial regarding global warming. But the public is clearly not buying their efforts to discredit the growing evidence to the contrary. As TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira reports in his June 14 ‘Public Opinion Snapshot’::
Conservatives…have been pointing to some polls that purport to show increasing public skepticism about global warming. But new Roper data released by Stanford University show that the public, when asked a straightforward question about whether global warming “has probably been happening,” endorses the idea that global warming is real by an overwhelming 74-24 margin.
And the public is equally-convinced that it’s time to do something about it, reports Teixeira:
…In the same poll, a query about whether the government should “limit the amount of greenhouse gases that U.S. businesses put out” yielded a thumping 76-20 majority in favor of such limits.
Nor is the conservative myth-mongering about action against global warming being a job-killer getting any traction, says Teixeira:
…Just 18 percent accept that argument, while 50 percent think such action will actually produce more jobs (another 31 percent say no effect).
This one is clearly a winner for Democratic candidates, as Republican global-warming deniers bury their heads deeper in the sand, while the public calls for action.