Thursday, June 20, 2013
STANFORD UNIVERSITY STUDY
Kennebec Journal Staff
A Stanford University study indicates 78 percent of Maine residents believe the Earth has been getting warmer over the last 100 years.
The poll also found a majority favor government action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The poll findings include:
* 76 percent in Maine agree with the statement, "If the world has been warming, it has been due primarily or at least partly to things people do"; compared to 75 percent nationally.
* 76 percent in Maine agree with the statement, "The U.S. government should take action to limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by businesses."
* Of those supporting such federal action, 81 percent of respondents from Maine thought it should start "right away."
* 71 percent of Maine respondents indicated that they were very likely to vote for candidates who gave a public statement supporting action to combat climate change; 64 percent would vote for one who had not.
The poll was conducted July 9-18 in Maine with 600 randomly selected adults from Maine by the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.
The Woods Institute is described as providing "third-party nonadvocacy research to inform public policy."