Americans are less likely to believe that climate change is real or that humans have anything to do with it, according to a 28-nation online study published by British polling company You Gov.
Only Saudi Arabians and Australians came near sharing a consensus with U.S. citizens when it comes to believing the Earth’s climate is not changing. In the U.S., 6% of those surveyed believe there is simply no such thing as climate change, compared to 5% of Aussies and Saudis who concurred.
In places including India, Spain, Italy, Singapore, China and Denmark, just 1% of the population doubted the existence of climate change, The doubters in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Qatar, Taiwan and the Philippines registered at 0%.
In addition to being the least likely to accept the science behind climate change, Americans are least likely to think they have anything to do with the problem. Only 9% of U.S. citizens in the study who believed climate change is happening also believed humans are to blame for the problem. There were only five other nations where more than 5% of those polled felt people had nothing to do with climate change.
Asians and Middle Easterners were more likely to believe climate change would greatly impact their lives, with 75% of Filipinos sharing that concern, followed by the Vietnamese, who worried second-most, at a rate of 74%. The nations where citizens were least likely to think climate change would impact them in their lifetime were, in order, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, Great Britain and the U.S.
India and France were the most fatalistic of those polled, with 22% of Indians and 20% of French people believing it’s already too late to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Only 10% of Americans felt that way.