Poll: Cold temperatures, drought not caused by global warming

March 16, 2014 at 4:15 PM

PRINCETON, N.J., March 16 (UPI) -- The winter's drought and cold weather are normal weather variations and not evidence of human-caused climate change, a poll indicates.

Sixty-six percent of respondents to the Gallup poll say their area of the United States is experiencing colder-than-normal temperatures, and 25 percent say their area is in a drought. However, only 19 percent of those in cold areas, and only 9 percent in drought areas, blame the weather patterns on global warming or other human-caused climate change.

Democrats are more likely to blame the global warming scenario, the poll revealed. Forty-seven percent of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents who perceive colder temperatures, and 51 percent of those experiencing drought, blame the weather patterns on global warming.

Only 11 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents think global warming is causing the cold temperatures, and only 9 percent blame the drought on it.

The poll was based on telephone interviews conducted with 1,048 adults across the United States March 6-9. Its margin of sampling error is 4 percentage points.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Einstein vindicated: Scientists find gravitational waves
Vatican: Bishops not required to report abuse to police
Nicola Griffin to appear in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue at 56
Dementia rates decline in U.S., researchers unsure why
'El Chapo' drug empire's alleged financial operator arrested in Mexico