New polling on people's beliefs about climate change in Canada,
Great Britain and the United States has been reported fairly
straight up by
some, but not by
The poll, by Angus Reid Public Opinion, is the latest in a
series conducted at intervals since 2009 gauging public opinion on
the causes of climate change.
For all the wrangling over public opinion on climate change, the
polling suggests that the proportion of people who believe climate
change is real and caused by humans has not changed decisively over
the last 3 years. In the UK, the poll currently puts it at 43%, and
suggests it has ranged between 38% and 47% of respondents over the
past few years.
Interpreting the numbers
With that in mind, let's look at IT blog the Register's take
First, it writes:
"Fewer Britons than ever support the
proposition that global warming is caused by human-driven CO2
emissions, according to the latest survey."
That's not true. The results actually suggest that 43% of those
polled in June 2012 agreed with the statement "Global warming is a
fact and is mostly caused by emissions from vehicles and industrial