Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport shares that Americans are more likely to say that cold temperatures and droughts are caused by normal variations in weather than by climate change.
Americans Don’t Attribute Colder Weather to Climate Change
Many more say colder temperatures due to normal yearly variation
This article is the third in a series that will analyze Gallup’s latest March update on Americans’ views on climate change and examine how these views have changed over time. The series will explore public opinion on the severity and importance of climate change, its causes and effects, the extent of Americans’ understanding of the issue, and much more.
PRINCETON, NJ — Two in three Americans say their local area is experiencing colder-than-usual temperatures this winter, and one in four say their area is experiencing drought. When asked why they think these extreme weather events are happening, many more say they are attributable to normal yearly variation in temperature or rainfall than to human-caused climate change or global warming.
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