Trump widens partisan divide on 'climate change'

Sunday, April 1, 2018
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Trump speaking in TX (June 2016)A new nationwide poll shows that during the first year of the Trump administration, a decreasing number of Republicans and Independents see “climate change” as a credible threat, while a greater percentage of Democrats fear the so-called phenomenon also known as “global warming.”

Results from the newest Gallup Poll – administered in March to more than 1,000 American adults in all 50 states – show that since President Donald Trump took office and discredited climate change alarmists as pushing science fiction to line the pockets of green industry opportunists, climate change has become more of a fairy tale for conservatives and moderates, but liberals have embraced the theory even more.

“President Donald Trump – who has called global warming a ‘hoax’ – may have contributed to this widening divide by reversing a number of government actions to address the issue,” Gallup’s annual survey on the environment revealed. “These included the announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate accord, the removal of climate change from the list of top U.S. national security threats and the elimination of the terms ‘global warming’ and ‘climate change’ from U.S. government websites and lexicons.”

The ‘Trump effect’

Trump’s skepticism of environmental alarmists appears to be rubbing off on those identifying with the GOP and Independent Party when comparing last year’s sentiments with this year’s, but his serious doubts are having the opposite effect on Democrats.

“In 2017, 53 percent of Republicans agreed that most scientists believe climate change is occurring, [and] that number declined to 42 percent in 2018,” the Business Insider divulged from the new poll. “Moreover, only 35 percent of Republicans believe climate change is caused by human activities, down from 40 percent in 2017 – compared to 89 percent of Democrats, up from 87 percent in 2017. Some 18 percent of Republicans said they believe that climate change wouldn't pose a threat to them in their lifetimes – up from 14 percent in 2017.”

This year, about three times as many Democrats than Republicans lose sleep at night fearing that manmade pollutants are ushering in an atmospheric cataclysmic event.

“Ninety-one percent of Democrats and 33 percent of Republicans say they worry a great deal or fair amount about global warming, but 67 percent of Republicans worry only a little or not at all,” Gallup’s Megan Brenan and Lydia Saad divulged. “While 82 percent of Democrats think global warming has already begun to happen, only 34 percent of Republicans agree. Rather, 57 percent of Republicans think it will not happen in their lifetime (25 percent) or will ‘never happen’ (32 percent).”

An overwhelming majority of those ascribing to the GOP believe climate change is a little more than propaganda sold as science, while virtually all Democrats believe in the theory hook, line and sinker.

“About seven in 10 Republicans (69 percent) think the seriousness of global warming is exaggerated in the news, 15 percent think it is generally correct and 15 percent say it is generally underestimated,” Brenan and Saad added. “Democrats, however, are much more likely to think the seriousness of global warming is underestimated (64 percent) or correct (32 percent), and just 4 percent say it is exaggerated.”

Democrats and Republicans have their own interpretations of scientific evidence, as many leftists pay little heed to reports debunking the inflated global temperatures offered by so-called climate change scientists – and instead believe in photos of drowning polar bears clinging to melting icebergs as evidence that Earth’s icecaps are rapidly diminishing and sea levels are rising.

“Eighty-six percent of Democrats versus 42 percent of Republicans think most scientists believe global warming is occurring, [and] the percentage of Republicans who say most scientists believe this is down 11 percentage points since last year,” Brenan and Saad revealed. “Almost nine in 10 Democrats say increases in the Earth's temperature over the last century are due to human activities more than natural changes in the environment, [whereas] just 35 percent of Republicans agree, while 63 percent attribute the temperature increases to natural environmental causes.”

A stark contrast between the red and blue is also witnessed when it comes to whether or not cataclysmic weather conditions ushered in from manmade pollutants is a problem they will eventually have to experience.

“Four in five Republicans do not think global warming will pose a serious threat to them in their lifetime; two-thirds of Democrats think it will,” the Gallup reporters indicated.

What a difference a year makes …

The increased skepticism of climate change shared by Republicans and Independents between 2017 and 2018 can be witnessed below, while Democrats’ strengthened support of the beleaguered theory continued to grow, as seen from a comparison of Gallup’s survey from last year with its new survey:

Think the seriousness of global warming is generally exaggerated …

  • 2017: Republican (66 percent); Independent (32 percent); Democrat (10 percent)
  • 2018: Republican (69 percent); Independent (34 percent); Democrat (4 percent)

Say most scientists believe global warming is occurring …

  • 2017: Republican (53 percent); Independent (71 percent); Democrat (86 percent)
  • 2018: Republican (42 percent); Independent (65 percent); Democrat (86 percent)

Believe effects of global warming have already begun …

  • 2017: Republican (41 percent); Independent (67 percent); Democrat (73 percent)
  • 2018: Republican (34 percent); Independent (60 percent); Democrat (82 percent)

Believe global warming is caused by human activities …

  • 2017: Republican (40 percent); Independent (70 percent); Democrat (87 percent)
  • 2018: Republican (35 percent); Independent (62 percent); Democrat (89 percent)

Worry a great deal/fair amount about global warming …

  • 2017: Republican (36 percent); Independent (67 percent); Democrat (90 percent)
  • 2018: Republican (33 percent); Independent (62 percent); Democrat (91 percent)

Think global warming will pose a serious threat in their lifetime …

  • 2017: Republican (14 percent); Independent (45 percent); Democrat (58 percent)
  • 2018: Republican (18 percent); Independent (45 percent); Democrat (67 percent)

All boils down to politics?

With little groundbreaking scientific discoveries being unleashed or scandals being exposed over the past year, Trump has been credited for the widening gap between climate change skeptics and devotees.

“Since nothing has happened scientifically between 2017 and 2018 to strengthen the case for man-made global warming, the only logical conclusion of this increased divergence between voters’ views is that it’s all down to politics,” Breitbart News’ James Delingpole offered. “Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord will – depending on your political allegiance – either have hardened your skepticism or increased your sense of impending doom.”

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