David Gibson has a post on a remarkable survey from the Pew Forum on the public opinion of the effects of Global Warming broken down by religious denomination. Here’s a graph on some if it.
I was more surprised at how many people do believe in this as opposed to do not. And there’s no surprise that some of the more fundamentalist denominations do not.
About 70% of White Catholics believe on some level and even more mainline protestants.
But here’s some astounding numbers based on political affiliation:
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted April 23-27 among 1,502 adults, finds that the already substantial partisan divide over global warming has widened in the past year. Fully 84% of Democrats and 75% of independents say there is evidence that the earth’s temperatures have been rising, compared with just 49% of Republicans.
Among Republicans, far more moderates and liberals than conservatives say there is evidence of global warming (69% vs. 43%). However, the proportion of both groups expressing this view has declined since January 2007.
Have the republicans missed the pictures of the polar ice caps or is Newt Gingrich up there with a hair dryer and a sunlamp?