The meeting between President Bush and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week, received a lot of attention by the media. How “global warming” is perceived by the people? Is it a real global issue? how many are actively devoted to this trend?
The Harris Pool reports online surveys conducted in the US (April 10 and 16, 2007) and Europe (November 2 and 10, 2006).
Surveys results show that U.S. adults are less likely than Europeans to attribute humans’ activities to the increase in Global Temperatures. Furthermore, it turns out that the Americans are currently not an active group to follow this trend. I see these results as a clear reflection of the nations political actions in this matter.
While two-thirds of U.S. adults (65%) believe humans are contributing to an increase in global temperatures, this is less than the British (77%), Italian (87%) and French and Spanish (88% each) who believe this. The country where they are most likely to believe humans are contributing to this increase in temperatures is Germany (92%). See table 1.
Actual threat perceptions:
There is a divide among each of the nations when it comes to whether global warming will present a threat within their lifetime. Those in Spain, France and Italy are those who highly represent an agreement that global warming will present a threat to them and their family (67%, 52% and 46% respectively). See table 2.
Who is an environmentalist? US survey
Only 5 percent of US adults say they are an active environmentalist while 55 percent say they are sympathetic to environmental causes. One-third of adults (34%) say they consider themselves neutral while only 2 percent say they are unsympathetic to environmental causes. Republicans are more likely to say they are neutral (43%) while Democrats are more likely to say they are sympathetic to environmental causes (63%). There is no real difference by party in those who say they are an active environmentalist (4% of Republicans and 5% of Democrats).
Age also is not as much of a factor in who is sympathetic to environmental causes. As one might expect, those who are Matures (62 and older) are the least likely to say they are sympathetic to environmental causes (51%). But, at the other end of the spectrum, Baby Boomers (aged 43-61) are most likely to say they are sympathetic (58%). see table 3.