CBS Poll: Just 37% Call Global Warming High Priority

by Brian Montopoli
December 14, 2009

With world leaders debating how to address climate change in Copenhagen and the U.S. Senate poised to take up a climate bill in the coming months, a new CBS News/New York Times poll finds that just 37 percent of Americans believe the issue should be a priority for government leaders.

That’s a significant drop from April of 2007, when 52 percent of those surveyed said the issue should be a high priority.

A majority of Americans (70 percent) do consider global warming to be a “serious problem.” But nearly two in three either see it as “not serious” (23 percent overall) or a serious problem but not a high priority (33 percent).

In April of 2007, just 8 percent of Americans said global warming was not serious.

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