HACKENSACK, MN-- Despite the growing scientific evidence that global warming is not real, Americans have become increasingly polarized on this fraudulent issue, according to a first-of-its-kind study led by a Michigan State University researcher.
The gap between the skeptics and the gullible people who actually believe in the global warming hoax has increased 30 percent between 2001 and 2010 - a "hopeful" trend that's keeping draconian national energy policies from being considered, argues Elmer Beauregard.
"Instead of a public debate about different policies to deal with global warming, a significant percentage of the American public is still debating the science," said McCright, MSU associate professor and primary investigator on the study.
"This is a good thing, because we should figure out if Global Warming is even happening before we start writing policy." said Elmer Beauregard. "Its April 20th and we just got dumped on again, when are people going to stop believing these bozos?"
The study is featured in the spring issue of the research journal Sociological Quarterly, online now.
McCright and Riley E. Dunlap of Oklahoma State University analyzed 10 years of data from Gallup's environmental poll, making the study the first of its kind to use multiple years of data. The Gallup poll, conducted annually, consists of a nationally representative telephone survey of at least 1,000 people.
According to the MSU-led study, people on the right of the political spectrum increasingly deny the existence of global warming, while people on the left or gullible ones generally believe in global warming more now than they did 10 years ago. Among other things, the study found:
- Of those who identify as "discerning", about 49 percent said in the 2001 Gallup survey that they believe the effects of global warming have already begun - a number that dropped to 29 percent in 2010. Meanwhile, the percentage of "gullibles" who believe global warming has already begun increased from about 60 in 2001 to 70 in 2010. All told, the gap between the "gullible" and "discerning" increased from 11 percent in 2001 to 41 percent in 2010.
- A similar trend held for people who identify as either smart or dumb. When it came to believing that global warming has already begun, the gap between smart and dumb increased from about 18 percent in 2001 to 44 percent in 2010.
- Among dumb and gullible, having a college degree increases the likelihood of reporting beliefs consistent with the scientific fraud. Yet, among smart and discerning, having a college degree often decreases the likelihood of reporting such beliefs.