Staff | December 18, 2009
(See also previous update on results on Obama, health reform, Afghanistan)
As President Obama arrives in Copenhagen hoping to seal an elusive deal on climate change, his approval rating on dealing with global warming has crumbled at home and there is broad opposition to spending taxpayer money to encourage developing nations to curtail their energy use, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. There's also rising public doubt and growing political polarization about what scientists have to say on the environment, and a widespread perception that there is a lot of disagreement among scientists about whether global warming is happening.
Obama Job Approval on "Handling Global Warming"
45% Approve, 39% Disapprove
Do you think the federal government should or should not regulate the release of greenhouse gases from sources like power plants, cars and factories in an effort to reduce global warming?
65% should, 29% should not
It's been proposed that the United States and other developed countries contribute 10 billion dollars a year to help developing countries pay for reducing the amount of greenhouse gases they release. Is this something you support or oppose?
39% support, 57% oppose
How much do you trust the things that scientists say about the environment - completely, a lot, a moderate amount, a little, or not at all?
10% completely, 19% a lot, 40% a little, 14% not at all
Do you think (most scientists agree with one another) about whether or not global warming is happening, or do you think (there is a lot of disagreement among scientists) on this issue?
36% most agree, 62% a lot of disagreement