2010-10-16 05:32:01New Yale survey on Americans' Knowledge of Climate Change
dana1981
Dana Nuccitelli
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You can see the survey here, or read a NY Times summary of it here

Bottom line, not surprisingly, Americans are very uninformed and misinformed on climate change. 

"If letter grades were given by the survey’s authors (based on absolute scores, not grading on the curve), 1 percent would have received an A, 7 percent a B, 15 percent a C, 25 percent a D and 52 percent an F."

Among some of the findings, only 63% said that global warming is even happening (and among those, only 56% were very or extremely sure). Only 50% stated that humans are the main cause of the current warming (though this is actually higher than I expected). Only 39% said that most scientists think global warming is happening (this is an appalling result). Only 57% correctly identified what the greenhouse effect is in a multiple choice question (most who got it wrong thought it referred to the ozone layer).

2010-10-16 05:50:20
doug_bostrom

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Serious money was spent on this; it's horribly expensive gathering this sort of data. Read the survey and use it as a tool for understanding where more work needs to be done. 

John's got a thread on this over on the new "Communicating Science" heading.  

2010-10-16 05:54:34discussion move
dana1981
Dana Nuccitelli
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Oh, yes that would be a better place for it.  I'll join the discussion in that thread.