WEATHER-RELATED NATURAL DISASTERS
Among adults nationwide
In your opinion, would you say weather-related disasters are more severe, less severe or has there been no change?
More severe: 72%
Less severe: 4%
No change: 24%
[Asked of those who say “more severe”] Do you think more severe weather is mainly due to climate change or natural year-to-year variations in the weather or both equally?
Due to climate change: 50%
Due to natural year-to-year variations in the weather: 12%
Due to both equally: 37%
RON’S COMMENT: Most Americans believe weather-related disasters are more severe. Of them, 87% believe climate change is a factor (50% + 37%) in the increased severity of weather. Note: This poll was taken before the rise of Hurricane Dorian.