Emily Swanson | December 8, 2009
Which of the following statements comes closest to your view of global warming?
45% Global warming is a proven fact and is mostly caused by emissions from cars and industrial facilities such as power plants and factories
23% Global warming is a proven fact and is mostly caused by natural changes that have nothing to do with emissions from cars and industrial facilities
31% Global warming is a theory that has not yet been proven
Which of these positions do you agree with most:
58% The United States should reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that may contribute to global warming even if it does so by itself
17% The United States should reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that may contribute to global warming only if other countries do so as well
24% The United States should not reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases regardless of what other countries do
How well are things going in the country today -- very well, fairly well, pretty badly or very badly?
3% Very Well
31% Fairly Well
42% Fairly Badly
24% Very Badly
Do you think the economy is in a recession, or not? (IF YES:) Do you think we are in a mild recession, or a moderate recession, or a serious recession?
36% Yes, serious
35% Yes, moderate
13% Yes, mild
Which of the following statements comes closest to your view of economic conditions today?
15% The economy is starting to recover from the problems it faced in the past year or so
46% An economic recovery has not started but conditions have stabilized and are not getting any worse
39% The economy is still in a downturn and conditions are continuing to worsen
As you may know, the U.S. went through a depression in the 1930s in which roughly one out of four workers were unemployed, banks failed across the country, and millions of ordinary Americans were temporarily homeless or unable to feed their families. Do you think it is very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not likely at all that another depression like that will occur in the U.S. within the next 12 months?
39% Not very
19% Not at all