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ABC News: Obama's Approval Rating on Global Warming Crumbles

On environment, Obama and scientists take hit in poll

Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 18, 2009; 12:03 AM

As President Obama arrives in Copenhagen hoping to seal an elusive deal on climate change, his approval rating on dealing with global warming has crumbled at home and there is broad opposition to spending taxpayer money to encourage developing nations to curtail their energy use, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.





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  • There's also rising public doubt and growing political polarization about what scientists have to say on the environment, and a widespread perception that there is a lot of disagreement among scientists about whether global warming is happening.


    But for all the challenges American policymakers have to overcome, nearly two-thirds of people surveyed say the federal government should regulate the release of greenhouse gases from sources like power plants, cars and factories in an effort to curb global warming. Last week the Environmental Protection Agency said it is putting together plans to control the emissions of six gases deemed dangerous to the environment and public.


    Support for such a regulation is down 10 percentage points from June, but majorities of Americans remain supportive of such regulations even if they increased monthly bills, so long as they lower greenhouse gas levels. If energy bills jumped $10 a month, 60 percent back new limits; at $25 a month, it's 55 percent.


    Most, however, oppose a widely floated proposal in which the United States and other industrialized countries would contribute $10 billion a year to help developing countries pay for reducing the amount of greenhouse gases they release. Overall, 57 percent of those polled oppose this idea; 39 percent support it. Most Republicans (74 percent) and independents (58 percent) are against this proposal, while a small majority of Democrats (54 percent) are supportive.


    At the same time, there's growing negativity toward the president's handling of the broader global warming issue. Around the 100-day mark of Obama's presidency, 61 percent approved of the way he was dealing with the issue. Approval slumped to 54 percent in June and to 45 percent in the new poll.


    The drop in Obama's ratings has been driven by a steep slump among political independents, who went from 62 percent positive in April to 36 percent now.


    Scientists themselves also come in for more negative assessments in the poll, with four in 10 Americans now saying that they place little or no trust in what scientists have to say about the environment. That's up significantly in recent years. About 58 percent of Republicans now put little or no faith in scientists on the subject, double the number saying so in April 2007. Over this time frame, distrust among independents bumped up from 24 to 40 percent, while Democrats changed only marginally. Among seniors, the number of skeptics more than doubled, to 51 percent.


    The declining confidence comes when the administration is trying to get momentum for an international pact on climate change, leveraging broad consensus among scientists that global warming is a real threat that demands immediate action. Another obstacle, however, is that relatively few of those polled perceive such an accord.


    In fact, more than six in 10 Americans see a lot of disagreement among scientists on the issue of global warming. That's the view of nearly eight in 10 Republicans and about two-thirds of independents. A smaller majority of Democrats, 55 percent, see general agreement among the scientific community.


    The poll was conducted by telephone Thursday through Sunday among a random national sample of 1,003 adults. Results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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  • Sherry Mowery, My Cowboy su... 2009/12/20 19:24:18
    Sherry Mowery, My Cowboy suffers no longer...
    +5
    Global warming is a CON AND JOKE. To emphasize the amount of pollution there are always pictures of cooling towers, which are heat exchangers, spewing out massive amounts of vapor, WATER VAPOR, STEAM. That is what always comes out of cooling towers, it is not possible for anything else, but it does make an impressive con in an attempt to show the contribution of man to environmental damage. Obama statement on the no deal in Copenhagen: I inherited a bad environment from Bush. That is why if do not give money to poor countries the world is going to end. Also, we need to bring terrorist into the US so we can get Al Qaeda to do the labor Americans do not want to do. And if we get Mexican people to vote for us we will import all of Mexico. And of course we need to stop in some foreign country to bow to some leader, because it has been more than a day, since I have done it. Worst case, we can stop at Burger King and bow to the cashier.

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  • Edward 2009/12/20 20:58:41
    Edward
    +2
    just like obama and his health care ABIG JOKE AND LIE
  • Sherry ... Edward 2009/12/21 05:02:38
    Sherry Mowery, My Cowboy suffers no longer...
    +1
    Yep, it is!
  • proudto... Edward 2009/12/22 00:45:53
  • *Danno* JYD - SWMTPP 2009/12/20 19:54:29 (edited)
    *Danno* JYD - SWMTPP
    +4
    I wonder why no one talks about the trees.

    Trees LIVE on CO@, the same stull that 0bama wants to punish people for creating. A single tree can 'eat' carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs./year, yet no one is talking about planting trees. Instead they are talking about the transfer of wealth.
    http://www.coloradotrees.org/...

    Deforestation for logging, cattle grazing and crops has made Indonesia and Brazil the world's third- and fourth-biggest carbon emitters.
    http://www.google.com/hostedn...



    The U.S. regularly loses appx. one MILLION acres filled with trees in large part due to the enviromentalists who oppose the forest management process of cutting down trees to effectively section off areas in an effort to keep forest fires localized. Nancy Pelosi fought President Bush when he wanted to do so, and later California had one of its largest forest fires which burned nearly 500,000 acres.
    http://www.infoplease.com/ipa...

    As long as liberals ignore the real problems that create increasing levels of CO2 they will be seen as frauds trying to line their pockets, and control people in the same way that the Communist Soviet Union did for decades, and in the end they too will fail.
    I wonder why no one talks about the trees.

    Trees LIVE on CO@, the same stull that 0bama wants to punish people for creating. A single tree can 'eat' carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs./year, yet no one is talking about planting trees. Instead they are talking about the transfer of wealth.
    http://www.coloradotrees.org/...

    Deforestation for logging, cattle grazing and crops has made Indonesia and Brazil the world's third- and fourth-biggest carbon emitters.
    http://www.google.com/hostedn... crops indonesia brazil worlds fourth-biggest carbon emitters httpwww google comhostedn crops indonesia brazil worlds fourth-biggest carbon emitters httpwww google comhostedn



    The U.S. regularly loses appx. one MILLION acres filled with trees in large part due to the enviromentalists who oppose the forest management process of cutting down trees to effectively section off areas in an effort to keep forest fires localized. Nancy Pelosi fought President Bush when he wanted to do so, and later California had one of its largest forest fires which burned nearly 500,000 acres.
    http://www.infoplease.com/ipa...

    As long as liberals ignore the real problems that create increasing levels of CO2 they will be seen as frauds trying to line their pockets, and control people in the same way that the Communist Soviet Union did for decades, and in the end they too will fail.
    (more)
  • Sherry ... *Danno*... 2009/12/21 05:03:13
    Sherry Mowery, My Cowboy suffers no longer...
    +2
    Very good points!!!!!
  • *Danno*... Sherry ... 2009/12/21 06:09:19
    *Danno* JYD - SWMTPP
    +2
    You know me. All relevant all of the time. ;o)
  • The Electrician 2009/12/20 19:38:16
    The Electrician
    This "poll" was done by Republicans, on Republicans and sponsored by SHELL oil. All the recent controversy of "hacked" e-mails, published in a British super market tabloid, the equivalent of "The National Inquirer." Has anyone seen the entire content of the e-mails, just excerpts. Really people get a life. Never have I met a creditable Scientist, who will deny the reality of Global Climate Change. The skeptic's are just that, "Naturally Skeptical People." It's an emotional illness, those people will never agree on anything logical.
  • Sherry ... The Ele... 2009/12/21 05:03:50
    Sherry Mowery, My Cowboy suffers no longer...
    +2
    Denial!
  • *Danno*... The Ele... 2009/12/21 06:13:19
    *Danno* JYD - SWMTPP
    +2
    Wow! Your Union has done a GREAT job of programming you. wow union job programming

    Doesn't being so clueless, and being LIED to bother you? Are your local temperatures really rising, and have you been hit by the Biblical Storms that were predicted by the AlGorbal Warming scammers? local temperatures rising hit biblical storms predicted algorbal warming scammers



  • Sherry Mowery, My Cowboy su... 2009/12/20 19:24:18
    Sherry Mowery, My Cowboy suffers no longer...
    +5
    Global warming is a CON AND JOKE. To emphasize the amount of pollution there are always pictures of cooling towers, which are heat exchangers, spewing out massive amounts of vapor, WATER VAPOR, STEAM. That is what always comes out of cooling towers, it is not possible for anything else, but it does make an impressive con in an attempt to show the contribution of man to environmental damage. Obama statement on the no deal in Copenhagen: I inherited a bad environment from Bush. That is why if do not give money to poor countries the world is going to end. Also, we need to bring terrorist into the US so we can get Al Qaeda to do the labor Americans do not want to do. And if we get Mexican people to vote for us we will import all of Mexico. And of course we need to stop in some foreign country to bow to some leader, because it has been more than a day, since I have done it. Worst case, we can stop at Burger King and bow to the cashier.
  • The Ele... Sherry ... 2009/12/20 20:28:41
    The Electrician
    Are you an accredited Scientist ? Obviously "not." You have an opinion on something you have no Scientific knowledge of. I live in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida the "Venice of America." Last weekend I attended a party a friends home on the water. There were a lot of skeptic's there and they are no longer skeptical. Low tide is now above the former high tide water marking on the sea walls or 12 - 14" below the top of the docks . 60% of commercial real estate is abandoned and up for sale, our taxes have been reduced by 35% and 900,000 people have left the state in the last year. Sea water is intruding into the Aquifers, New York City has had the Subway system flooded several times. These are not Natural or Normal Occurrences. Lock yourself in a garage with the engine running and tell us that the pollutants can't bother the atmosphere. They don't dissipate, they become Carbon Monoxide and Sulphur Dioxide which stay in the upper atmosphere, forever. They are creating gases that cause warming and the glaciers are melting at an accelerated rate and cannot recover. You have a computer, use it for something other then being a skeptic, look it up,
  • Sherry ... The Ele... 2009/12/21 05:06:56
    Sherry Mowery, My Cowboy suffers no longer...
    +2
    Are you a scientist? I doubt it. I have heard all this before I still do not believe it and you are a fool to not realize the data has been doctored and this is all natures way of taking care of things. the smoke stack you see on TV are of moisture and water vapor not pollutants.
  • *Danno*... Sherry ... 2009/12/21 06:18:38
    *Danno* JYD - SWMTPP
    +1
    Relax cutie. I've got your back ... as well as a FILE filled with the articles dedicated to ClimateGate. ;o)
  • Sherry ... *Danno*... 2009/12/22 00:00:26
    Sherry Mowery, My Cowboy suffers no longer...
    +1
    Thank you, Darlin"
  • *Danno*... Sherry ... 2009/12/22 19:20:07
    *Danno* JYD - SWMTPP
    +1
    Not a problem.

    I often find people trying to move HUGE objects when they just don't have what it takes. I am overqualified in that department, thus I always step in to render assistance as I believe this is one of the things that HE put me on Earth to do.

    Dealing with the publishers of 0bamaGanda is another thing I'm fairly good at, thus I get involved. ;o)
  • *Danno*... The Ele... 2009/12/21 06:17:50
    *Danno* JYD - SWMTPP
    +2
    Well gee! The businesses up for sale couldn't be the result of 0bama's Bail-outs or his Economic Stimulus plans, eh? gee businesses sale result 0bamas bail-outs economic stimulus plans eh

    Did Florida get all of the predicted Biblical storms the AlGorbal Warming scammers predicted? If not then how can anyone be certain these people can predict what will happen TEN YEARS from now?

    predicted biblical storms algorbal warming scammers predicted people predict years

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