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Although scientists are in broad agreement about the occurrence, causes, and consequences of climate change, the topic is socially controversial.
The Earth’s climate is changing rapidly. Scientists trying to find out what’s causing climate change work like detectives, gathering evidence to rule out some suspects and to ascertain just who is responsible. It’s clear, based on over a century of scientific investigation, that humans are responsible for most of the climate change we’ve seen over the last 150 years.
The Earth’s climate is constantly changing. Seasonal changes throughout the year are one form of climate change, and the climate changes over hundreds of thousands of years as the Earth’s orbit changes the amount and intensity of energy received from the Sun. As the National Center for Atmospheric Research explains, climate change is different from the changes in weather from day to day.
There is virtually unanimous scientific agreement about climate change. Yet due to both the inherent complexity of the topic and the social controversies surrounding it, confusion and doubt often persist.
Polls and surveys are an excellent tool for monitoring public opinion of evolution, allowing us to track changes over time and to identify problem concepts.
We have collected here all of NCSE's coverage of surveys and polls, as well as links to raw data and other reports. We hope you find this information useful.