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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What America Thinks: Global Warming or Ice Age?

It’s no secret this winter’s been a brutal one, pummeling the northeast with record snowfall and bringing snow, ice and extremely low temperatures across much of the country. But is this just a typical February chill, or is climate change to blame? We decided to find out what America thinks.

Well, for one thing, most Americans think the media overhypes weather conditions to make them seem worse than they are. Nonetheless, there’s no denying we’ve had some extreme weather this winter, and 45% of voters think global warming is causing it. Nearly as many disagree.

By a similar margin, slightly more voters think global warming’s caused by human activity, but a sizable number say it’s due to long-term planetary trends instead. Regardless of their views, most voters recognize that scientists don’t agree on global warming and that the scientific debate isn’t over yet. Still, nearly half think we need to take immediate action to stop global warming, while 39% say it’s better to wait a few years to see if global warming is really real.

The good news this year, at least? There are only 25 days til spring. For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.