61% Believe Human Activity Primary Cause of Global Warming

Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters nationwide believe that human activity is the primary cause of global warming or climate change. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 39% disagree and believe natural environmental factors drive the change.

A split sample approach was used for this survey. Half the respondents were asked about “global warming” and half were asked about “climate change.” There were only modest differences in the responses, so results in this article are presented on a combined basis (see question wording and results).

Fifty-eight percent (58%) believe it is at least somewhat likely that new technologies will solve the major problems associated with climate change.

Forty-one percent (41%) believe it is at least somewhat likely that new government regulations will solve the major problems associated with climate change.

This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 7-8, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the Demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

Data released earlier showed that 40% of voters view global warming/climate change as a Very Serious problem. However, 66% were unwilling to pay more than $100 annually to address it.

Seventy-six percent (76%) of Democrats and 63% of Independents believe human activity is the primary reason for global warming/climate change. However, a majority of Republicans (55%) take the opposite view (see crosstabs).

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