Global Warming: Is It Real?


It's official: Global warming is arriving. At least that's what most of the 1,775 people who answered our Reader Survey on the subject think. By an overwhelming margin, moreover, they're putting their faith in technology to solve the problem, though a majority think it would also be wise for President George Bush to reconsider his opposition to the 1997 Kyoto agreement that's aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

To summarize the specifics (which you can also see below):

Two-thirds of the respondents think global warming is starting to occur and that it poses a danger to humans.

A remarkably consistent 57% to 58% think humans have an ability to slow global warming, would be willing to change their lifestyle significantly to slow it, and want Bush to sign the Kyoto accord.

More than 84% would be willing to try new technologies, such as alternative-fuel cars or solar collectors, to defend against global warming.

Make sense? To find out for sure, tune in again in about 50 years.

The full results:

1. Do you think that global warming is starting to occur?

Option

Total

%

Yes

1193

66.83 %

No

393

22.02 %

Don't know

199

11.15 %

2. Do you think that global warming would pose a danger to humans?

Option

Total

%

Yes

1187

66.76 %

No

429

24.13 %

Don't know

162

9.11 %

3. If global warming is occuring, do you think humans have the ability to slow it?

Option

Total

%

Yes

1033

58.1 %

No

556

31.27 %

Don't know

189

10.63 %

4. Would you be willing to change your lifestyle significantly to try to defend against global warming?

Option

Total

%

Yes

1024

57.69 %

No

555

31.27 %

Don't know

196

11.04 %

5. Would you be willing to try new technologies -- such as alternative-fuel cars, or solar collectors to power your home?

Option

Total

%

Yes

1501

84.23 %

No

190

10.66 %

Don't know

91

5.11 %

6. Do you think President Bush should reconsider, and sign the Kyoto agreement to curb greenhouse gases?

Option

Total

%

Yes

1022

57.29 %

No

589

33.02 %

Don't know

173

9.70 %


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