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Gallup poll: Republican climate skepticism spreading under Trump

By Jeremy Berke 15h 1,669
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69% of Republicans said the threat of climate change is “exaggerated” compared to 4% of Democrats, according to a new Gallup poll.
Opinions around climate change have suffered from widening partisanship as President Donald Trump’s administration has scrubbed mentions from federal websites and pulled out of the Paris Agreement.
The problem isn’t going anywhere, despite what people think.
Republicans are more skeptical than ever that climate change is a problem, and the partisan gap on the issue appears to be widening under President Donald Trump.

Sixty-nine percent of Republicans say the threat of climate change is “exaggerated,” according to a new Gallup poll.

That’s compared to only 4% of Democrats who said the same thing.

While the poll indicates the majority of Americans agree with the scientific consensus and are concerned about climate change, Republicans are less convinced — even compared to last year.

In 2017, 53% of Republicans agreed that most scientists believe climate change is occurring. That number declined to 42% in 2018, as the Trump Administration has scrubbed mentions of climate change from federal websites, instructed bureaucrats from different agencies to refrain from using the term, and backed out of the Paris Agreement.

Moreover, only 35% of Republicans believe climate change is caused by human activities, down from 40% in 2017. That’s compared to 89% of Democrats, up from 87% in 2017.

Some 18% of Republicans said they believe that climate change wouldn’t pose a threat to them in their lifetimes, up from 14% in 2017.