I’m still on the road this week, with my access to the internet sporadic. Email or phone is the best way to find me.
Rasmussen reports that, “69% Say It’s Likely Scientists Have Falsified Global Warming Research.” The meat is in this quotation:
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that 69% say itâ€™s at least somewhat likely that some scientists have falsified research data in order to support their own theories and beliefs, including 40% who say this is Very Likely. Twenty-two percent (22%) donâ€™t think itâ€™s likely some scientists have falsified global warming data, including just six percent (6%) say itâ€™s Not At All Likely. Another 10% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here .)
The question that corresponds to that answer is, “In order to support their own theories and beliefs about global warming, how likely is it that some scientists have falsified research data?”
This is plain enough, but it is still a leading question, perhaps with the effect of influencing opinions in the direction of agreement. I say this because further into the survey we learn that “While 40% believe Americans should take immediate action to stop global warming, 42% suggest waiting a few years.”
And this: “But 47% now believe the media makes global warming appear to be worse than it really is, down from 54% in February 2009.”
You’d expect that if 70% of people really did think climatologists were liars and cheats, that a roughly equal percentage would say that global warming isn’t a problem.
I caution readers that these survey results have no bearing whatsoever on whether climatologists really have lied. If any of them have, they’re a fraction of a minority of working scientists.
Thanks to Nate Winchester for bringing this survey to our attention.