38% Know Earth Was Warmer During Medieval Times; 67% Say Coastal Cities May Be Wiped Out in Decade

Just 38% of voters nationwide know that during Medieval times, the earth’s climate was generally warmer than it is today. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 62% mistakenly believe the opposite.

Forty-three percent (43%) of Independent voters are aware that the earth was warmer during Medieval time. So are 42% of Republicans and 31% of Democrats.

The survey also found that 67% think it’s at least somewhat likely that rising oceans will wipe out America’s coastal communities within a decade or so. That total include 26% who say it’s Very Likely.

Voters under 50 are more likely than their elders to believe America’s coastal cities are about to be wiped out. Thirty-six percent (36%) of these younger voters consider such an outcome to be Very Likely. Among senior citizens, just 12% hold that view.

Data released earlier shows that, if the climate continues to get warmer, 65% of voters believe people are likely to move to places with cooler climates. Still, just 23% believe the overall impact would be good for places that gain a milder climate. Forty-three percent (43%) believe the results would be bad.

See information on Medieval temperatures.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted August 3-4, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the Sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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