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More Americans are Worried About Global Warming

The Yale Project on Climate Communication reports that “today more Americans and more American Catholics are worried about global warming than six months ago and more believe it will have significant impacts on human beings.  Some of these changes in Americans’ and American Catholics’ views can be attributed to the Pope’s teachings, as 17 percent of Americans and 35 percent of Catholics say his position on global warming influenced their own views of the issue.” “Key findings include: Americans have become more concerned about global warming. More Americans say that global warming is happening (Americans: from 62% in March to 66% in October, +4 points; American Catholics: from 64% in March to 74% in October, +10 points).” “More Americans think global warming will harm people here and abroad. More think global warming will cause a great deal or moderate harm to people in developing countries (Americans: from 48% to 63%, +15 points; American Catholics: from 45% to 62%, +17 points).” “Aligned with Pope Francis’s message, Americans are more likely to think global warming is a moral issue (Americans: from 32% to 38%, +6 points; American Catholics: from 34% to 42%, +8 points).”
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