The United States is the world’s leading bastion of climate change denial. According to an international poll, the US is the nation with the largest percentage of people who refute the veracity of anthropogenic climate change.
A total of 52 percent of American agreed with the statement, “the climate change we are currently seeing is a natural phenomenon that happens from time to time.” India was tied with the US followed by China. In contrast, only 34 percent of Swedes, 26 percent of South Koreans, and 22 percent of Japanese agreed with the statement.
When asked if we are headed for environmental disaster unless we change our habits quickly, only 57 percent of Americans said yes compared to 91 percent of Chinese.
The United States also had the ignominious distinction of having the largest percentage of people who disagreed with the statement, “the climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity.” A total of 32 percent of Americans disagreed with this followed by 25 percent of Australians.
In France, Italy, Turkey, Spain and Argentina, 80 percent or more of the population believe that human activity is the cause of climate change.
To see the complete Ipsos Mori Global Trends Survey click here.
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