As noted here before, public opinion surveys are often “push polls”, raising issues like climate change as part of an effort to promote public concern. Such surveys also inform activists how successful or not has been the media messaging in generating belief and support for climate policy proposals.
Sometimes the questionnaires are manipulated to show the greatest possible public awareness and support.. For example, see: The Art of Rigging Climate Polls.
Other times, the survey is used to chide the public for failing to buy into claims and propaganda prominently advanced in the media. For example, see: “Hottest Year” Misdirection, where mainstream media claims 17 of the last 18 years were the hottest on record, while the public in 37 countries guessed only 9. After checking the data, the correct answer is more likely 5.
That same survey, Perils of Perceptions, reported that in most countries the public…
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