August 5, 2010

Study: Most Mainers believe Earth becoming warmer

Majority favor government action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

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."

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