Polling reveals public trusts scientists most on climate
- 02 Apr 2013, 10:45
- Ros Donald
People in the UK overwhelmingly trust scientists more
than any other source to give them accurate information about
climate change, according to a new survey. In contrast, politicians
and social media come joint last on the list.
Scientists most trusted
According to a new poll conducted for Carbon Brief by pollsters Opinium , 69 per cent of those asked
agreed that scientists and meteorologists are trustworthy sources
of accurate information about climate science. Only seven per cent
disagreed that scientists could be trusted to do this.
Next highest came 'green' charities such as
Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, and BBC journalists and
commentators, with 39 per cent and 31 per cent respectively saying
they trusted these sources. But these groups divided opinion - 23
per cent don't trust green charities, and 25 per cent think the BBC
can't be trusted to provide accurate information.
Sharing last place: politicians and social
While scientists topped the trust league table,
politicians, blogs and social media came bottom. Only seven per
cent said they considered politicians to be reliable sources of
climate change information - and websites and social didn't do any
better, also scoring a seven per cent rating. 64 per cent said they
didn't think politicians could be trusted to give them accurate
information, compared to 53 per cent for social media sources.
Question: How trustworthy do you think the
following information sources are in providing you with accurate
information about climate change?
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Carbon Brief's results tally closely with a
previous study Ipsos Mori carried out last
February for Climate Week of around 1,000 respondents.
Asked whose views they trust on climate change, 66 per cent of
those asked said they trust scientists the most.
In this survey, celebrities were deemed least
trustworthy, with only one per cent professing trust in their views
on climate change.
last year by press agency Associated
Press tells a similar story. 67 per cent of those asked
(in the USA) trust what scientists say about the environment either
completely or a moderate amount. 21 per cent said they
trusted scientists a little and 11 per cent said they didn't trust
them at all.
survey by Living with Environmental Change differs
from the bulk of survey data. It says 51 per cent of those asked
said they trusted "independent scientists" to tell the truth about
climate change - but only 38 per cent agreed that climate
scientists can be trusted to do so, according to the results of a
Carbon Brief polling
Carbon Brief conducted a poll of over 2,000 people,
asking questions about their attitudes to climate change and energy
policy. We have released the full results today - you can
download our climate polling results
here and the energy findings here.
Here is the table this blog is based on (click image