- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 19, 2015

The number of likely voters who blame global warming for extreme weather events such as blizzards and hurricanes is dropping as disagreement in the scientific community continues.

A Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday found that 45 percent of those surveyed say global warming is “causing more extreme weather events,” while 39 percent disagree and 16 percent are not sure.

That figure represents a drop from May, when 50 percent said extreme weather events were being driven by global warming. That percentage was 55 percent in 2008, according to the poll.

At the same time, 48 percent of voters said the nation must take “immediate action to stop global warming,” a figure that was largely unchanged from last year, while 39 percent support waiting a few years to see if global warming is real.

Then again, only 23 percent said they believe the scientific debate on global warming is over, up slightly from July, while 61 percent said the debate is not over and 16 percent were unsure.

About half — 51 percent — say “there is still significant disagreement within the scientific community about global warming,” while 34 percent said scientists “generally agree on global warming.”

The survey of 800 likely voters was conducted on Feb. 12-13 with a margin of sampling error of +/- 3.5 percentage points and a 95 percent level of confidence.

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