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Pew Poll: Most Americans Don’t Care About Global Warming / Climate Change

Today’s supposed to be President Obama’s big “War on Coal” speech.  (Though with the Sec. 4 of the Voting Right Act news from the SCOTUS, that might change…)

According to CNN, Pew finds out what most political insiders have known for years: No one cares — or votes solely on — the issue of global warming / climate change.  In fact, for many, it doesn’t even register.

As President Obama is expected to lay out his plans for combating global climate change Tuesday, Americans don’t seem to be overly concerned about the threat from the environment, according to a new poll.

Americans were far less likely to name global climate change as a major threat to their country compared to international counterparts, according to a new poll spanning more than three dozen countries from the Pew Research Center released Monday.

Just two out of every five Americans, 40%, said that global climate change was a major threat to the United States. That is compared to 54% of all countries surveyed who said climate change was a serious threat to their respective countries.

The 37,653 people surveyed between the beginning of March and the beginning of May spanned 39 countries and included those in China, Russia and Canada as well as countries in Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Citizens of China, Israel and several other nations also registered a similarly low level of concern compared to the average of all countries surveyed.

Climate change was most likely to be seen as a serious problem in Latin America, where 65% said it was a major threat. The same was true of 54% of Canadians, Europeans and those in Africa. Of the regions surveyed, only the Middle East had a similar percentage to the U.S. of people identifying climate change as a major threat, at 42%.

The survey assessed concerns for a variety of perceived threats, from Islamic extremist groups and international financial instability to the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea, political instability in Pakistan and power and influence wielded by the United States and China.

For Americans, the big concerns were North Korea’s nuclear programs and Islamic extremist groups, with 59% and 54% respectively of those surveyed identifying those issues as major threats to the country.

Americans are short-term thinkers, always have been.  It’s partially why the 20th Century was such a successful time for the Left.  They focus on the threats in front of them, not ones that some scientists tells that is decades and centuries off, when they’re in the ground or dust in the wind.  Global warming alarmism fits into the latter category.

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  • Billiam

    They’ll care once their electric bills “necessarily skyrocket.” Of course, by then, it’s too late. Low info citizens…