Harvard Political Review

For Young Voters, Climate Change Takes a Back Seat
Harvard Political Review

Only 55 percent of survey participants agreed with the statement, “Global warming is a proven fact and is mostly caused by emissions from cars and industrial facilities such as power plants.” Twenty percent held the belief that “Global warming is a proven fact, and is mostly caused by natural changes that have nothing to do with emissions from cars,” and the remaining 23 percent who answered the question believe that “Global warming is a theory that has not been proven yet.”

Even more surprising, these numbers are the same across the board for participants between 18 and 29 years old, with 51-56 percent agreeing that global warming is a fact and is caused by fuel emissions across age groups. In fact, the age group that least agreed with the first statement was that of 18 to 20-year-olds. The assumption that younger adults are more liberal when it comes to global warming does not hold up; if anything, they are even more skeptical.

Consequently, young Americans are often unsupportive of government measures to prevent climate change that might harm the economy. Less than a third of those surveyed agreed with the statement, “Government should do more to curb climate change, even at the expense of economic growth,” and only 12 percent strongly agreed with it.

Ce sondage de l’université Harvard est intéressant à plusieurs points de vue. Premièrement, il indique que seulement 55% des Américains sont des réchauffistes, les dissidents sont nombreux.

Mais le résultat le plus intéressant concerne les jeunes. De tous les groupes d’âge, c’est chez les jeunes qu’on trouve le plus de sceptiques et de gens qui refusent qu’on sacrifie l’économie pour combattre un possible réchauffement, à peine 12% des jeunes appuient fortement cette idée.

Bref, les jeunes Américains semblent avoir une pensée critique beaucoup plus affûtée que les jeunes Québécois qui eux, semblent gober sans trop se poser de questions les écrits de l’évangile réchauffiste.