My sense from around the country and the world is that people definitely understand that things are getting freaky. During that crazy heat wave in March, everyone in Chicago was out enjoying the weather, but in the back of their mind they were thinking, this is not right.
Results of a very detailed poll on public responses to weather extremes demonstrate that a large majority of American’s are linking recent unusual weather extremes in the past few years to global warming. This survey suggests that the direct experience of strange weather can be persuading some people that this problem is “no longer just a vague and distant threat.”
69% of respondents agreed with the statement that global warming is affecting the weather in the U.S. while 30% disagreed.
35% of the public reported that they had been affected by the extreme weather in the past year.
This poll has opened a new window about climate change in the realm of public opinion. People are finally beginning to connect the dots and becoming more concerned with the climate chaning that is happening in their backyards.
To read the full article please visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/18/science/earth/americans-link-global-warming-to-extreme-weather-poll-says.html?_r=1&ref=science#
If you want to see more information about the poll please visit: http://environment.yale.edu/climate/files/Extreme-Weather-Climate-Preparedness.pdf