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49% Are Not Willing To Pay More to Fight Global Warming

Most voters still consider global warming a serious problem, but less than half are willing to pay any more in taxes or higher utility bills to do something about it.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of Likely U.S. Voters consider global warming to be at least a somewhat serious problem, while just 34% regard it as not serious. This includes 37% who view global warming as a Very Serious problem and 14% who describe it as Not At All Serious. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

That’s down from an all-time high of 68% who rated global warming as a serious problem in November. That belief has generally remained in the high 50s to low 60s since regular tracking began in January 2009.

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on November 5, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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