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March 12, 2009

Gallup: 41% Think Global Warming Claims Seriously Exaggerated, if Not Outright Bullshit

Good news? That's the highest level saying so since the question's been asked.

Bad news? It's still not a majority, and our politicians still cannot dismiss the hoax completely without serious consequences.

But we're getting there.

More Americans than at any time in the past decade believe that the seriousness of global warming is being exaggerated, a Gallup poll showed Thursday.

Forty-one percent of Americans told Gallup pollsters that they are doubtful that global warming is as serious as the mainstream media are reporting, putting public skepticism about the hot-button issue at the highest level recorded by Gallup in more than a decade.

The previous high came in 2004, when 38 percent of Americans said news reports exaggerated the seriousness of global warming.

Of eight suggested environmental concerns, like air and water pollution, "global warming" was rated dead last in importance.

That's the way to do it, I think: Get our environmental cred from talking about genuine pollution, rather than "pollution" by the harmless naturally-occurring gas CO2 ("The Invisible Killer").

And also talk about global warming fixes to come conveniently down the road.

And especially not during the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression.

The number of Americans who thought global warming is already affecting the planet has also fallen, from 61 percent in March last year to 53 percent this year.

And a record high 16 percent of Americans told Gallup pollsters that they believe the effects of global warming "will never occur."

The poll results suggest "that the global warming message may have lost some footing with Americans," Gallup analyst Lydia Saad said.

"Americans generally believe global warming is real ... (but) most Americans do not view the issue in the same dire terms as the many prominent leaders advancing global warming as an issue," she said.

Via Cuffy.

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