Nearly three-quarters of Conservative MPs do not accept that climate change has been proven to be caused by human activity, according to a new poll.








UK public is the most sceptical in Europe.

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Question : Which one of the following two statements best corresponds to your opinion ? 

Climate change has been proven by science UK 63%

Climate change has not been proven by science UK 37%

Page 31 The least developed countries are far from being the ones that are the most reluctant to make efforts to address climate change issues.

Question : Which one of the following two statements best corresponds to your opinion ?

All countries should make the same efforts to address climate change issues UK 84%

Only developed countries which emit more greehouse gases (mainly carbon dioxide) have to work to address climate change issues UK 16%

Page 32 Question : According to you, what are the two things that must be done first to reduce climate risks ?

Improve energy efficiency in buildings and houses 15%

Increase environnemental regulations (e.g carbon taxes, etc.) 12%



Climategate Email Scandals Shatter Public Confidence in Green   

British Social Attitudes (BSA) report 7 December 2011

UK consumers are reacting to the financial crisis and a wave of “climategate” email scandals by keeping their wallets in their pockets when given the choice of going green.

The latest British Social Attitudes (BSA) report, launched today [7 December 2011] by the National Centre for Social Research, reveals a substantial decline in public concern for environmental issues and climate change

The seminal study of the British public’s attitudes and values, published annually for almost 30 years, pinpoints economic hardship and climate change scepticism as the key factors contributing to the decline in Britain’s collective environmental conscience.

It finds people are increasingly reluctant to make personal financial sacrifices to protect the environment:

• Since 2000 the number of people prepared to pay higher prices to safeguard the environment has fallen, from 43 to 26 per cent. So too has the proportion willing to pay much higher taxes to protect the environment, from 31 to 22 per cent. 

• Support has fallen among all income groups. Just over a third (36 per cent) of those in the highest earning households (in 2010 defined as those with household income of over £44,000) would be willing to pay higher prices to protect the environment, down from 52 per cent in 2000. 

The report also finds that people are more sceptical about the credibility of scientific research on global warming:

• Under half the population (43 per cent) currently considers rising temperatures caused by climate change to be very dangerous for the environment, down from 50 per cent in 2000.

• The least likely to see climate change as dangerous were older people (28 per cent), those with no qualifications (28 per cent) and those on the lowest incomes (37 per cent).

• Over a third (37 per cent) think many claims about environmental threats are exaggerated, up from 24 per cent in 2000.

Although there are some signs of people resisting the green agenda, certain environmentally friendly behaviours are becoming mainstream:

• Recycling appears to have become a social norm, with 86 per cent of people saying they ‘always’ or ‘often’ make the effort to recycle. Furthermore, 39 per cent strive to reduce their home energy use and 32 per cent choose to save or reuse water.

• Other green behaviours demanding more of a lifestyle change, such as cutting personal car use, have yet to translate into popular action. Just one in five (19 per cent) have cut back on driving.

• Over half (52 per cent) of people who think climate change is dangerous for the environment make an effort to reduce their energy use at home, double the rate (21 per cent) found among those who do not think climate change is dangerous. 

Alison Park, lead editor of the report at NatCen Social Research, comments: “Climate change doubts and Britain’s recent economic difficulties have combined to downgrade people’s environmental concerns. 

“Appetite for protecting the environment declines further where it involves lifestyle change and personal cost. 

“If government wants to do more to promote green behaviour it needs to tackle scepticism about the causes of climate change and convince people that it represents a real threat.” 


Angus Reid Public Opinion: Britons Question Global Warming More Than Americans and Canadians 12 September 2011

Britain has become the main source of scepticism, with the lowest proportion of believers in man-made global warming, and with a third of Britons acknowledging that they would foster economic growth even at the risk of damaging the environment—the largest proportion observed in all three countries.

UK public were asked:  Which of the following statements comes closest to your view of global warming (or climate change)?

Global warming is a fact and is mostly caused by emissions from vehicles and industrial facilities. 43%

Global warming is a fact and is mostly caused by natural changes. 27%

Global warming is a theory that has not yet been proven. 20%

Not sure. 10%


UK public were asked on global warming

What is more important to you at this point...?

Protecting the environment, even at the risk of hampering economic growth. 40%

Fostering economic growth, even at the risk of damaging the environment. 33%

Not sure.  26%

(Angus Reid Public Opinion 12 September 2011)

Full Report, Detailed Tables and Methodology (PDF)


GALLUP Poll UK  22 April 2011

Temperature rise is a part of global warming or climate change.  Do you think rising temperatures are... ?

A result of human activities 37%

A result of natural causes 39%

Both 18%

Don’t know/Refused 3%

Not aware of global warming 3%



14 March 2011 In USA Concerns About Global Warming Stable at Lower Levels.

In the USA 51% percent worry a great deal or fair amount, down from 66% in 2008

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Populus Poll Archive: Environment

Energy Poll published by Centrica 12 June 2011

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Just 25% of the British public agree with low-carbon energy 

Q10. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement:

“It is vital to stick to Government plans for creating a low-carbon power industry even if it means higher bills.

SUM: Agree 25%

Strongly agree 4%
Somewhat agree 21%
Neither agree nor disagree 29%
Strongly disagree 13%

SUM: Disagree 42%

(Populus Poll June 2011)


Climate Change Survey CATI Fieldwork : February 3rd-4th 2010

Q2. Climate change and global warming

It is now an established scientific fact that climate change is largely man-made. 34%

There is a widespread theory that climate change is man-made but this has not yet been conclusively proved. 50%

Man-made climate change is environmental propaganda for which there is little or no real evidence. 14%

Don’t know. 2%

Q.3 Would you say that, in general, the risks of climate change and its possible consequences proportionately, or do you think they have been exaggerated?

Understated 25%

Exaggerated 36%

Don’t know 4%

(Climate Change Survey CATI Fieldwork : February 3rd-4th 2010)