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Americans consider global warming an urgent threat, according to poll
Date:10/1/2007

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New Haven, Conn. A growing number of Americans consider global warming an important threat that calls for drastic action, and 40% say that a presidential candidates position on the issue will strongly influence how they vote, according to a national survey conducted by Yale University, Gallup and the ClearVision Institute.

One of the most surprising findings was the growing sense of urgency, said Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change and the studys principal investigator. Nearly half of Americans now believe that global warming is either already having dangerous impacts on people around the world or will in the next 10 yearsa 20-percentage-point increase since 2004. These results indicate a sea change in public opinion.

The surveys findings include:

  • Sixty-two percent of respondents believe that life on earth will continue without major disruptions only if society takes immediate and drastic action to reduce global warming.

  • Sixty-eight percent of Americans support a new international treaty requiring the United States to cut its emissions of carbon dioxide 90 percent by the year 2050. Yet, Leiserowitz notes, the United States has yet to sign the Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty that would require the United States to cut its emissions 7 percent by the year 2012.

  • A surprising 40 percent of respondents say a presidential candidates position on global warming will be either extremely important (16 percent) or very important (24 percent) when casting their ballots. With the presidential primaries and general election near, Leiserowitz said, candidates should recognize that global warming has become an important issue f
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Contact: Janet Rettig Emanuel
janet.emanuel@yale.edu
203-432-2157
Yale University
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