Muhlenberg poll: Three out of four Pennsylvanians accept climate change is happening

Written by on June 28, 2022

Muhlenberg poll: Three out of four Pennsylvanians accept climate change is happening

By Rachel McDevitt / StateImpact Pennsylvania
June 28, 2022

More than half the people polled said climate change is a very serious problem. (Photo | Pixabay)

The latest Muhlenberg College poll finds three quarters of Pennsylvanians surveyed accept the evidence for global warming. Its the highest level of acceptance since Muhlenberg College pollsters started asking the question 15 years ago.

The survey included more than 400 people in the commonwealth.

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More than half said climate change is a very serious problem, while another quarter said it was somewhat serious.

Fifty-five percent of those surveyed said human activity is the main driver of global warming.

Scientists who worked on the United Nations’ climate reports say humans are indisputably causing climate change.

Though global climate experts say the world must dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the worst effects of warming, the survey found people statewide are divided on fracking.

Natural gas drilling can release methane during the process. Burning gas produces carbon dioxide.

Forty-eight percent said they support extraction, while 44% are opposed.

The Muhlenberg College poll found feelings on global warming remain partisan: 92% of Democrats polled said there is solid evidence for climate change, while only 45% of Republicans agreed.  

Muhlenberg pollsters have been asking about climate change since 2007.

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