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January 19, 2009

Poll: 44% Say Global Warming Due to "Planetary Trends" Rather than Humans

"Planetary Trends" being a catch-all for natural processes like cyclical warming and cooling periods, oceanic and volcanic effects, and (I hope, though it doesn't say so in the question) for variations in that big ball of fusion-fire hanging right over us. The last theory--that solar input has overwhelmingly the largest effect on average global temperatures--just roared into the public mind this past year with the discovery that several solar cycles seem stuck at historic minimums.

The poll:

Forty-four percent (44%) of U.S. voters now say long-term planetary trends are the cause of global warming, compared to 41% who blame it on human activity.

Seven percent (7%) attribute global warming to some other reason, and nine percent (9%) are unsure in a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Democrats blame global warming on human activity, compared to 21% percent of Republicans. Two-thirds of GOP voters (67%) see long-term planetary trends as the cause versus 23% of Democrats. Voters not affiliated with either party by eight points put the blame on planetary trends.

In July 2006, 46% of voters said global warming is caused primarily by human activities, while 35% said it is due to long-term planetary trends.

In April of last year, 47% of Americans blamed human activity versus 34% who viewed long-term planetary trends as the culprit. But the numbers have been moving in the direction of planetary trends since then.

What a pity that just as we started winning the information war global warming alarmists have taken the White House and Congress.


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