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Questions - Winter Weather - December 30, 2010

Plans for Winter Vacation Are Up Slightly
Big Storms Yes, Global Warming No
Most Americans Rely on Local TV News for Weather Reports
37% Already Say This Winter Worse Than Others in Recent Years
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National Survey of 1,000 Adults

Conducted December 30, 2010

By Rasmussen Reports


1* Which is your favorite time to take a vacation – spring, summer, fall or winter?


2* Have you or will you take a winter vacation this year?


3* Is winter worse this year in your area than it has been in recent years?


4* Generally speaking, does the media make the weather sound worse than it really is?


5* Is global warming causing an increase in the number of major storms like the recent blizzards?


6* Which is more likely—that the world is going through global warming or that we are about to enter a mini-ice age?


7* Has your hometown experienced a heavy snow storm this winter?


8* (Asked of those who answered “Yes” to previous question) How do you rate the way that local authorities dealt with the storm in terms of plowing streets and providing essential services….excellent, good, fair or poor?


9* Where do you get most of your weather news – the local TV news, cable TV, radio, newspapers or the Internet?



NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence