A new poll released by St. Leo University is probably going to make you want to pack your bags and leave this country.
According to the poll, more people trust Fox News more than President Obama when is comes to the issue of climate change.
While 17% of people picked Fox News as a reliable source on climate change, only 11% selected President Obama, with a slightly higher 13% choosing the U.S. government.
The most reliable source was “non-government scientists and educators” at 45%, followed by environmental groups at 33% and “mainstream media” including U.S. newspapers, broadcasters, CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, Associated Press and The New York Times at 22%.
In a small bit of hope, Neil deGrasse Tyson got a little bit of love, coming in at 22% as a reliable source of info, while personalities such as Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh lingered low on the list at 6%.
In some ways this poll of 1,016 Americans, which also found that 57% of Republicans and 88% of Democrats are “somewhat” or “very” concerned about climate change, mirrors last month’s Gallup poll that emphasized the sharp divide between the left and right on this issue.
In that poll, 74% of college-educated Republicans said they believe global warming is “generally exaggerated” while only 15% of college-educated Democrats said the same. If you belong to a portion of the population that thinks concern over global climate change is overblown, then you are likely to trust a media outlet like Fox that confirms that belief.
This probably shouldn’t be surprising, considering that Fox News and other conservative media outlets have been in a decade-long crusade to undermine climate science.
As Bill Nye once said, all you have to do is “introduce doubt” to a uneducated audience, and you can get them to parrot any propaganda you want.