Climate Institute’s poll shock: just 30% are believers

sydneyThe Climate Institute’s latest press release contains more meaningless propaganda – that most Australians believe the climate is changing. Hidden is the amazing truth: that just 30 per believe man is mainly to blame for climate change.

This claim in the Climate Change press release is meaningless because I also agree the climate is changing – and always has:

Seventy-seven per cent of Australians now believe climate change is occurring, up from 64 per cent in 2012, with trust in the science up from a minority in 2012 to 60 per cent now.

A CSIRO poll of 5000 people last year got an even higher proportion agreeing that the climate was changing – 85.5 per cent. But then it asked the asked the obvious next question and got an answer that the Climate Institute and the ABC would hate: sceptics now outnumber believers in Australia:

True, a worrying 45.9 per cent of Australians do still think man is mostly to blame for what warming we’ve seen over the past several decades.

But those believers are now outnumbered by people who think this warming is natural (38.6 per cent) or not occurring at all (7.9 per cent) — which means sceptics total 46.5 per cent. The rest don’t know.

In fact, even 19 per cent of Greens voters are sceptics.

(NOTE: I’VE REWRITTEN THE POST TO HIGHLIGHT THE FOLLOWING. The Climate Institute’s response below.)

But buried in the Climate Institute’s report is this embarrassing admission – startling evidence, heavily disguised, that Australians have overwhelmingly rejected global warming alarmism:

Despite the public debate, the great majority of people ‚Äì 77 per cent ‚Äì believe that climate change is occurring…. Overall, 90 per cent of these people accept human activity is at least partly the cause, with 39 per cent saying humans are the main cause and only 9 per cent blaming natural cycles.

Do the maths. 39 per cent of 77 is just 30. So just 30 per cent of Australians believe the classic global warming line – that the world is warming and man is mostly to blame.

That means 70 per cent are sceptics. They believe climate change is either not caused by man or not mainly – or are not convinced either way. My own view is that man is probably affecting the climate, at least to some extent. That extent, I believe, is very small and on balance probably not to our detriment.

That 30 per cent is the most telling finding of this survey. Yet the ABC does not report it, preferring to hype the Climate Institute’s spin instead.

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