Democrats and republicans tend to strongly disagree even when it comes to climate change, a recent poll has revealed.
The survey was conducted by researchers at Monmouth University, from December 10 until December 13, 2015.
Opinions pertaining to a total of 1,006 adult respondents were collected, and they show significant disparities between GOP supporters and liberals, as far are opinions related to global warming are concerned.
While 7 out of 10 participants are of the opinion that climate change is actually happening, and more than 2 out of 5 think that this is a matter of great concern, political allegiance seems to dictate how this issue is viewed.
More precisely, 85% of those who would rather support a Democratic presidential candidate tend to be aware that rapidly altering, extreme weather patterns are a regular occurrence.
In contrast, slightly less than a half (49%) of those who would cast their vote to a Republican instead share this view, acknowledging that climate change is indeed happening.
The urgency of this matter is also treated extremely dissimilarly by backers of the two main political parties in the United States. Namely, more than 8 out of 10 Democrats realize that immediate action is required in order to curb the far-reaching effects of climate change.
In sharp opposition, as few as 37% of all Republicans assign enough importance to recent transformations suffered by the ecosystem, considering them not as pressing as other topics on the public agenda.
Alarming findings have also been identified when referring to the determinants that are believed to contribute to global warming and other extreme weather phenomena.
By and large, 27% of the respondents have said that human activities, such as deforestation and pollution, are the most important source of climate change.
Around a third, on the other hand, have declared that this occurrence is actually triggered by anthropogenic factors, occurring in conjunction with natural transformations, that aren’t influenced by human beings in any way.
Such confusion or uncertainty about the factors leading to climate change definitely appears unusual, when taking into account scientific consensus.
The opinion of most researchers, which has been shared with the public on numerous occasions, is that global warming is caused predominantly by humans, since fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and oil) generate heavy amounts of carbon dioxide as they burn, thus boosting and accelerating the greenhouse gas effect.
When it comes to the necessity of taking definitive action against climate change, around two-thirds of the participants claim that the federal government should be more directly involved in limiting carbon dioxide emissions, while slightly more than a quarter are opposed to introducing such corrective measures.
Those more inclined to demand urgent action are from the younger generation, approximately three-quarters of them supporting such initiatives.
Once again, republicans and democrats appear to be divided: while the former tend to strongly reject more extensive efforts combating climate change, the latter embrace this need, and are more aware of how imperative it is to protect the environment nowadays.
Based on these findings, Tony MacDonald, director of the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute, points out that in recent years climate change has ceased to be viewed as a problem whose importance and impact can be assessed based solely on scientific data.
Instead, it has turned into a deeply polarizing source of political debate, with the two opposing camps seldom seeing eye to eye, as far as global warming’s reality, causes and effects are concerned.
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