Following on from my recent post about what the Brits think about climate change – herewith the results of a poll assessing opinions from across the pond; specifically Generation X.
Just to clear up any confusion – Generation X does not in fact refer to a highly adaptable group of select yet persecuted individuals – merely US citizens between 32 and 52 years old.
The two most interesting tables are summarised below – and the full report, written by Jon D Miller at the University of Michigan, can be downloaded here.
|Table 1: Concern and Sense of Understanding of Climate Issues: 2009, 2011.|
|Climate change issue|
|How closely do you follow climate change?||Very closely||4%||2%|
|Level of Concern||High concern (8-10)||23||22|
|Less concern (0-4)||38||37|
|Level of Issue Understanding||Well informed (8-10)||16||11|
|Moderately informed (5-7)||42||47|
|Less informed (0-4)||42||42|
|Number of respondents each year||3074||2914|
|Table 2: The Attitudes of Generation X on Climate Issues, 2011|
|If the present rate of coal and oil use continues, serious long-term and environmental damage will occur.||3%||6%||38%||27%||26%|
|We are already in the first stages of global warming and climate change||9||8||48||21||14|
|The primary human activity that causes global warmin is the burning of fossil fules such as coal and oii||7||8||52||22||11|
|In the next 20 years, the conversion of green plants into fuels will significantly reduced our dependence on gas and oil.||6||9||56||20||9|
|There is not enough scientific evidence to support claims that the Earth is getting warmer.||19||15||46||11||9|
|All tablulations are based on 2,924 responses.|
|*Individuals responding that they were not sure about any statement were assigned a value of 5 and placed in the middle group.|