Survey: Over 50% Of Young Americans Think Climate Change Means World Is Ending
More than half of young Americans fear the end of humanity is near because of climate change, according to a recent survey.
The survey results come as the media focus on an autistic Swedish 16-year-old’s “school strike for climate,” which their coverage helped propel to the international stage.
According to a Rasmussen/HarrisX survey, 29 percent of all American voters believe it is “at least somewhat likely that the earth will become uninhabitable and humanity will be wiped out” in the next 15 years.
“There is a dramatic difference by age on this question. Half (51%) of voters under 35 believe it is at least somewhat likely humanity will be wiped out in the next decade or so.
Only 12% of senior citizens agree, and only 4% of senior citizens believe it is very likely,” the survey said.
The survey revealed rural Americans do not share city-folks’ concerns. Of those surveyed, 21 percent of urban voters believe that our world will soon become uninhabitable.
Americans in the suburbs and rural areas are comparatively unconcerned: six percent of rural voters and five percent of suburbanites believe imminent doom is upon the world.
The study, which was released on Monday, asked the opinion of 1,000 registered U.S. voters.
Climatologist David Legates of the University of Delaware told LifeSiteNews in an email that the survey “only serves to validate H.L. Mencken’s argument about the aim of practical politics being only to keep the populace alarmed by imaginary hobgoblins.”
Saying that the world has more things to worry about than climate change, he added, “This imaginary disaster takes us away from the real issues we face.”
Placing the blame on the educational system for “creating a nonsensical disaster to instill fear,” Dr. Legates said that the result is to make people so fearful of the future that they will come to trust those offering a purported solution.
“That solution, unfortunately, is designed to remove your freedoms and yield control to a totalitarian state.”
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