I began reading this and my initial thought was “Only 2%? That’s still 2% too many!”
According to the U.S. census clock, the current population of the United States stands at about 315 million people. Two percent of that number is still about 6.3 million people, and since the study methodology explicitly excluded all those whose age made them statistically more likely to believe in the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus, that number is pretty jaw dropping. We need comprehensive education reform, like YESTERDAY, and it has to begin by banning from the science classroom any conclusion which relies on someone’s invisible friend for “evidence” about science matters.
But I digress, sorta.
Perhaps I should be rather comforted by the fact that we are getting ever closer to consensus over the fact that climate change will produce more, and more severe, weather events in the future. The topline takeaway here does seem to be that roughly 35% of the people surveyed are living in denial, thinking that the weather is not and has not been a problem, with 6% of that thinking that weather has actually gotten less severe over time. Another 36% (one imagines that these don’t overlap with the above cited percentages) admit that the world is seeing more severe weather but that it’s wholly attributable to the approach of the End Times (and, by extension that we cannot and therefore should not bother trying to do anything about it).
For the remaining 63% of Americans surveyed, clearly the weather is getting more extreme. Some of those people will be in the 67% of those who responded who believe that we ought to do something to address climate change and especially the use of fossil fuels which drive the rate of change. I’ve looked closely at the survey and there doesn’t seem to be anything there about whether or not that range of “doing something” includes anything more than importing Chinese and Japanese flood pods, though.