One in three Connecticut residents think global warming is not happening — but more than half, 56 percent, are worried about it. About 51 percent believe global warming is caused by human activities, but just 45 percent believe most scientists think it is happening.
These are the results of a national survey from 2008 and 2014, conducted by climate change communication groups at Yale University and George Mason University.
But compared to the nationwide average, more Connecticut residents believe that 1) global warming is happening, 2) it is mostly caused by humans and 3) most scientists believe it is happening. It isn’t by a wide margin, though:
|Global warming is happening||63%||66%|
|Global warming is caused mostly by human activities||48%||51%|
|Most scientists think global warming is happening||41%||45%|
A comprehensive study in 2013 showed that 97 percent of scientists believed in climate change, and that it is very likely caused by human activities.
The data can be viewed by county, which reveals some differences in the sentiment even within state lines. For example, Fairfield County has among the largest percentage of people believing global warming is mostly caused by human activities (57 percent), while Windham County is on the lower end (46 percent).