Most Americans now believe climate change is real

Ekklesia reports on a Public Religion Research Institute Survey conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service:


While nearly 4-in-10 (36 per cent) Americans believe that the severity of recent natural disasters is evidence that we are in what the Bible calls the “end times,” more than six-in-ten (63 per cent) say the severity is due to global climate change.

The December 2012 PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with the Religion News Service, finds religious disagreement on what is behind the severe weather.

A majority of white mainline Protestants (65 per cent) and Catholics (60 per cent) believe the disasters are the result of climate change, while nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of white evangelical Protestants believe the storms are evidence that we are in Biblical “end times.”

Regardless of what the weather signifies, Americans generally agree that over the last few years, the weather has been getting more extreme (63 per cent), and that there is solid evidence that the average temperature on earth has been getting warmer over the past few decades (75 per cent).

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