March 16, 2007

Global Warming and Religious Belief

79%

That’s the percentage of Americans who believe there is solid evidence that the average temperature of the earth has been increasing over the past few decades. That number includes large majorities of every religious group: 77% of Catholics, 79% of white mainline Protestants and 70% of white evangelicals.

An overwhelming majority (79%) of those surveyed in a recent Pew Forum poll believes that there is solid evidence that the average temperature of the earth has been increasing over the past few decades; just 17% say there is no solid evidence for this. Sizable majorities of every religious group agree: 77% of Catholics, 79% of white mainline Protestants and 70% of white evangelicals. Most of those who believe that the earth is getting hotter also believe that human activity such as the burning of fossil fuels is responsible: 50% of the general public say this, while 23% say that global warming is mostly a result of natural patterns in the earth’s environment. Read More