Poll shows 59% of county residents believe in global warming

Towns County - Climate Change Poll

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – According to a poll conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, approximately 59% of Towns County residents believe that global warming is fact rather than fiction. In comparison, the study shows that only 32% of local citizens claimed to discuss the issue with others. Nearly half of the survey participants purportedly said that they believe global warming is affecting the weather, with 44% of those polled stating that human activity is primarily to blame.

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The statistics were provided to FYN by Jim Tolbert of the Conservative Caucus Action Team, a group that describes itself as composed of Republican, libertarian, conservative, and right-of-center independent Citizen Climate Lobby (CCL) advocates. According to CCL research, roughly seven in ten registered U.S. voters (73%) believe that global warming is happening. The results of the nationwide survey include nearly all liberal Democrats (95%), a large majority of moderate/conservative Democrats (89%), and two in three liberal/moderate Republicans (66%). In contrast, only about four in ten conservative Republicans (41%) believe that global warming is real.

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Towns County’s views on the perceived risks associated with climate change. Source: CCL Conservative Caucus Action Team.

“Nearly six in ten (58%) Americans are now either ‘Alarmed’ or “Concerned” about global warming. From 2014 to 2019, the proportion of ‘Alarmed’ nearly tripled,” Climate Change Communications explained. “Our prior research has categorized Americans into six groups – Global Warming’s Six Americas – based on their climate change beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. The ‘Alarmed’ are the most worried about global warming and the most supportive of strong action to reduce carbon pollution. In contrast, the ‘Dismissive’ do not think global warming is happening or human-caused and strongly oppose climate action.”

According to Pew Research Center, studies found that in the past six years, the number of Democrats who said they are concerned about climate change increased by 20 points. Among Republicans, however, the statistics have essentially remained the same.

“When it comes to party divides, the biggest gaps on climate policy and climate science are between those at the ends of the political spectrum, “Pew Research Center stated. “Across the board, from possible causes to who should be the one to sort this all out, liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans see climate-related matters through vastly different lenses. Liberal Democrats place more faith in the work of climate scientists (55% say climate research reflects the best available evidence most of the time) and their understanding of the phenomenon (68% say climate scientists understand very well whether or not climate change is occurring). Perhaps it follows, then, that liberal Democrats are much more inclined to believe a wide variety of environmental catastrophes are potentially headed our way, and that both policy and individual actions can be effective in heading some of these off. Even the Republicans who believe the Earth is warming are much less likely than Democrats to expect severe harms to the Earth’s ecosystem and to believe that any of six individual and policy actions asked about can make a big difference in addressing climate change. And, a majority of conservative Republicans believe that each of the six actions to address climate change can make no more than a small difference.”

A 2018 Climate Fee and Dividend Resolution was rejected on the floor by Hiawassee City Council in a 4-1 divide.

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  1. R James February 10, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    What people believe in is of no significance. Unless someone studies the data, and scientific reports, they can’t have an informed understanding. Nor are they in a position to have a meaningful debate. Choosing randomly which media reports to believe, and which scientists to independent to ignore, is not a basis for knowledge.

    You say here that politicians take note of the climate scientists? Which ones? The ones who’s research grants and income depend on anthropogenic warming, or the ones trying to be heard, that risk their jobs trying to tell us what the real data shows?

  2. Jackie Hunter February 15, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    I believe the United States can enact all kinds of regulations regarding climate change but if the other nations don’t do the same, it is a waste of time and energy. It will result in more government regulations and more government agencies to try to enforce them. It is however a great brainwashing issue that seems to affect the Liberal Democrats more then the Conservative Republicans. May go to show you the level of intelligence possessed by both groups..

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