New Gallup Poll on American Attitudes Toward Climate Change

The latest Gallup poll on the environment includes some highly disconcerting data on Americans’ attitudes toward global warming, including the fact that almost half of those polled (48%) believe that the portrayal of climate change is “generally exaggerated” and only 32% see it as a serious potential threat to their lives. Beyond the potential discussion that this poll could stimulate in class as to why climate skepticism is increasing in this nation while the consensus of climate scientists remains firm, it should also remind all of us of the need to confront the arguments of the climate skeptics in our own classes, lest we think everyone is on the same page from the outset!

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