Isn't 2100 supposed to be a big year for impacts?
Though two-thirds of Americans believe global warming is happening or will happen during their lifetimes, only about one-third see it as a serious threat to their way of life, a new Gallup Poll reports.
The wide perceptual gap has existed since Gallup first asked the question 17 years ago, but it has narrowed slightly. Today, 36% believe that global warming will seriously affect how they live, up from 25% in 1997.
At the same time, the percentage of people who do not see global warming hampering their lives has doubled since Gallup's first survey — from 9% to 18% in the poll taken March 6 through Sunday.
Seniors and Republicans were the most skeptical about global warming. But even a solid majority (57%) of younger Americans — those 18 to 29 — do not now foresee big threats as the climate warms and changes.
The high-water mark of concern came in 2008, when 75% of respondents expected global warming to happen in their lifetimes and 40% said it would pose a serious threat to how they lived.