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What Does the Country Really Think About Global Warming?

I ran across this website from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, an interactive map that allows one to view different perspectives about global warming across the country. Fascinating to play with. Remarkably, for instance, a large majority of the population in the Rio Grande Valley and far West Texas believe that global warming is happening and a majority there believe it is caused mostly by human activities. Likewise in most of New Mexico and Arizona.  While much of the country’s opinions about global warming does appear to be split along ideological and urban/rural lines, that is not necessarily the case. The data, from 2016, shows that 53% of the country believes that global warming is caused mostly by human activities. 58% of the population is “worried about global warming.” 82% of those polled support funding research into renewable energy sources, and 75% think CO2 should be regulated as a pollutant.

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