Americans greatly underestimate the scientific consensus on climate change

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  • According to a 2018 report[1] from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, "More than half of Americans (57%) understand that most scientists agree that global warming is happening, the highest level since 2008. However, only one in five (20%) understand how strong the level of consensus among scientists is (i.e., that more than 90% of climate scientists have concluded that human-caused global warming is happening)."
    • The authors note that the misconception is becoming less common. "The highest level since our surveys began in 2008, and a large increase (+24 percentage points) since the lowest level for this response in 2010. By contrast, one in four Americans (25%) think there is a lot of disagreement among scientists about whether or not global warming is happening, the lowest level since our surveys began. Very few Americans (3%) think most scientists agree that global warming is not happening."

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