Great news out of Britain in the form of a public opinion poll.. One that has the GW hucksters scared the gig might be up.
Scientists admit they need to find more effective ways of explaining climate change after a poll revealed the public believe the situation is not as serious as they and politicians often claim.
A spokesman for the UEA-based Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research said the Ipsos Mori survey backed up its own findings and called on scientists to avoid catastrophic warnings and steer clear of hype to avoid alienating the public.
The poll shows Britons remains unconvinced about warnings that the climate is being affected by global warming.
There is also scepticism about “greenspin” and a feeling that the situation is being overstated in order to raise revenue rather than save the planet.
In fact, climate change is not a priority for most people in the UK – terrorism, crime, graffiti and even dog mess are of more concern.
Ipsos Mori interviewed 2,031 adults in their homes between June 14 and 20, and found that 56pc believe scientists themselves are still questioning climate change and believe there is a live debate going on, when in fact there is virtual scientific consensus.
That last paragraph is exceedingly important. If you’ve ever done any work in Experimental Design, you know people lie on polls. -It’s just a fact of life.- The interviewee tends to give the answer they think will make them appealing to the interviewer. Sorta like a first date.
We’ve all been beaten with the Global Warming stick repeatedly. (Just look at the last sentence of this story.) People don’t want to seem out of the mainstream, so there is an inherent bias in these types of polls that people want to give the perceived “right” answer. Especially in a face to face interview in their home.
If a false authority* walks into someone’s home and starts asking them about global warming there is a very strong bias for the interviewee to ty to give the “acceptable” answer.
So, if 56% said, in that type interview, that they thought GW was over hyped, (the “wrong” answer) we know the number is significantly higher.
If you add to that, the fact the Europeans tend to be more conformists, it is hard to deny that the global warming hucksters have failed. The icing on the cake is that people already realize this is a ploy to get people to part with money and not about saving the planet.
Just when you think the hysteria might be winning, common sense prevails. This is very good news.
* BTW there are better links on false authority but that one I found interesting especially in the context of this post.