Friday, June 16, 2006

Gore Remains Unpopular, But Americans Catching On About Global Warming

A new poll found that although Al Gore's popularity remains modest, more Americans are concerned about global warming -- the issue he brought back to the front burner in the new documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, conducted June 15, found that 59% of Americans said either that global climate change is "a serious problem, and immediate action is necessary" or "climate change is taking place and some action should be taken." That' s up from 51% the last time the question was asked, in 1999.

Should Gore be given full credit for this uptick in concern? No. More scientific data has become easily accessible on the Internet. Other politicians and pundits have written and spoken about it, especially after last year's tsunami in Southeast Asia and the series of hurricanes striking the Gulf Coast, including Katrina. But no doubt the documentary, and the lengthy news coverage and pundit debates surrounding it, have crystallized many Americans' views on the question.

The poll also found that 28% of Americans believe more research should be done before any action is taken, and 9% felt "concern about global climate change is unwarranted." Those numbers are each down from the 1999 poll.

The poll also suggested that concern over global warming is not the result of loyalty to Gore. Only 30% of Americans said they had a positive opinion of Gore, compared with 42% who had a negative opinion.

That's better than Gore's nadir in the survey, in 2002, when Gore's positive/negative was 25-59, but well below his peak in the poll, in 1993, when his positive/negative was 55-15.


Anonymous Benhurst said...

"Gore's unpopularity"? Yeah, sure. He's so unpopular Little Lord Pissypants had to steal the presidency from him, using daddy's cronies on the Supreme Court to accomplish his goal

The corporate media sucks, the Wall Street Journal doubly so.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

his popularity was higher in 2000. The numbers are pretty straightforward. The conservative noise machine has made a serious, and long-term, dent on the way people view Gore.

When the average American thinks of Gore, they think of the stereotype. Gore the liar. Gore the exaggerator. Gore the stiff. Gore the sore loser. Gore the ranting anti-war speaker. It's easier to hold onto those stereotypes, especially when they are thrown out over and over by the Hannitys of the world.

11:37 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

I'm glad Gore managed to win some attention to the global warming issue.
As for his popularity, I agree with the above that the corporate mainstream media conspired with the Right to create a completely false image of Gore that slanderously and libelously destroyed his reputation for feeble minds.
As for the truth,
Gore would have made an excellent president. Instead of being looked upon as perhaps the worst president in history, he would have been honored as one of the best.
He would have taken measures to have continued the strong economy;
there likely would not a skyrocketing deficit;
he would have continued the aggressive intelligence campaign started by the Clinton Administration against Al Queda that possibly could have averted 9-11, he would have waded out the UN inspectors, instead of kicking them out of Iraq, so that this quagmire would've never occurred, he would not have weakened FEMA so that at least some of the destruction and loss of human life in New Orleans would have been averted; there would be have been no threats imposed upon our freedoms; we would not have these extra extremist right-wing judges appointed to the supreme court threatening Roe verse Wade, among causign other problems, we would still respected as a strong and moral leader by the entire world.
I acknowledge it is counterproductive to dream about what might have been.
But sometimes we all have to dream a little bit as a way to confront this ghastly nightmare we have to live with now.

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


28% apparently has no opinion about him at all.

That's great. Those who have neutral feelings about the speaker can be convinced about an issue much easier.
And they pay attention to he merit of the argument not to their own feelings about the messenger.

1:39 PM  

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