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Climate change: The US and Australia


Fergus Hanson


25 November 2009 09:53

The 2009 Lowy Institute Poll released last month found 76% of Australians thought climate change was a problem, but that it was slipping as a goal people wanted the government to tackle and as a perceived threat. A new poll reported in the Washington Post suggests a similar trend in the United States, with the percentage of Americans who believe global warming is happening dipping from 80% to 72% over a year. The poll also found:

  • '55 percent of respondents believe the United States should curb its carbon output even if major developing nations such as China and India do less.'
  • 'A majority of respondents still support legislation to cap emissions and trade pollution allowances, by a margin of 53 to 42 percent.'  

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