Only One Third (35%) Of Global Citizens Say Their Government and Business Leaders Are Taking the Right Steps and Pace to Prevent Global Climate Change
Of 23 Countries Surveyed, Only Three Get Passing Grades
Monday, January 25, 2010
NEW YORK— A new Reuters News poll conducted by Ipsos and released today indicates that only 35% of adults surveyed in 23 countries (representing 75% of the worlds GDP) believe their own government and business leaders are taking the right steps and pace to prevent global climate change.
The survey of over 24,000 adults—1000+ respondents per country -- which took place in the lead up to, during and following the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December, 2009, shows a total of 65% of those citizens do not believe that their government and business leaders are taking the right steps and pace to prevent global climate change.
In fact, of the 23 countries surveyed, only three get passing grades from their citizens—namely China with the most support (86%), followed by India (60%) and Turkey (54%).
The following list of findings begin with the countries where citizens are least likely to agree "that their government and business leaders are taking the right steps and pace to prevent global climate change" and ascends to those countries where citizens are most likely to agree with the proposition:
Argentina: 16% agree/84% disagree
Mexico: 17% agree/83% disagree
France: 19% agree/81% disagree
Belgium: 20% agree/80% disagree
Hungary: 23% agree/77% disagree
Germany: 24% agree/76% disagree
Poland: 24% agree/76% disagree
Italy: 26% agree/74% disagree
Czech Republic: 26% agree/74% disagree
Netherlands: 26% agree/74% disagree
Sweden: 29% agree/71% disagree
Great Britain: 33% agree/67% disagree
Canada: 34% agree/66% disagree
Russia: 35% agree/65% disagree
Spain: 35% agree/65% disagree
United States: 38% agree/62% disagree
Brazil: 43% agree/57% disagree
South Korea: 43% agree/57% disagree
Japan: 45% agree/55% disagree
Australia: 48% agree/52% disagree
Turkey: 54% agree/46% disagree
India: 60% agree/40% disagree
China: 86% agree/14% disagree
With respect to demographic findings for the total sample, it would appear that those most likely to disagree that their government and business leaders are taking the right steps and pace to prevent global climate change (65%) are female (67% versus 63% male), older (55+ @ 69%) versus middle aged (35-54 @ 67%) and younger (under age 35 @ 62%), and lower income (67%) versus middle and higher income (both 63%) citizens.
In the alternate, those most likely to agree that their government and business leaders are taking the right steps and paste to prevent global climate change (35%) are male (37% versus 33% female), younger (under age 35 @ 38%) compared with those who are middle aged (35-54 @ 33%) and older (55+ @ 31%), and middle and higher income (both in 37%) compared to lower income (33%) citizens.
These are the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between November 4th, 2009 and January 13th, 2010, on behalf of Thompson Reuters News Service. For this survey an international sample of 24,077 adults aged 18+ were interviewed in a total of 23 countries representing 75% of the world's GDP. The countries included Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, and South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Great Britain, the United States and Turkey. Approximately 1000+ individuals participated on a country by country basis via the Ipsos online panel. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to the most recent country Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100% response rate would have an estimated margin of error of +/-3.1 percentage points 19 times out of 20 per country of what the results would have been had the entire population of adults in that country had been polled. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error. G@6O3_7.
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