Study: Only 2% of Canadians deny climate change

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A new opinion poll released this week suggests only 2% of Canadians who responded believe climate change is not occurring.

A further 9% believe climate change is occurring naturally. And 54% feel both humans and Mother Nature are playing a role.

The survey was conducted by Insightrix Research for IPAC-CO2 Research Inc. That is a University of Regina-based centre that studies carbon capture and storage.

Carmen Dybwad is the centre’s CEO. He says the results show Canadians overwhelmingly believe climate change is real.

“When you say 98% of people believe this, the kind of frivolous answer would be like 2% still believe that there are little green spacemen around. 2% believing that climate change isn’t occurring is pretty significant,” said Dybwad. “You’re never going to have 100%, ever.”

The online poll of 1,550 respondents was done between May 29 and June 11.

The survey asked the question: “Where do you stand on the issue of climate change?” Respondents were then given five options and asked to choose one. The options were: Climate change is occurring partly due to human activity and partly due to natural climate variation; climate change is occurring due to human activity; climate change is occurring due to natural climate variation; climate change is not occurring at all; or not sure.

9% believed climate change is occurring due to natural climate variations. But almost one-third (32%) of respondents said they believed climate change is happening because of human activity. More than half of those who responded (54%) said they believed it’s a combination of both.

2% said they didn’t believe climate change is occurring. 4% were not sure.

The survey also noted that opinions over the cause of climate change varied region to region. Prairie respondents were least likely to think that climate change is occurring due to human activity. Meanwhile, the survey found 21% of those in Alberta and Saskatchewan believed climate change is occurring due to human activity. But that number jumped to 44% in Quebec.

Dybwad suggests those beliefs may be dictated by a province’s economic base.

The Insightrix survey was conducted online among 1,550 respondents. All of them were chosen from a larger pool of people who agreed to participated in continuing research.

The survey set quotas by age, gender, region and education to try to match the general population.

However, the polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.

1 thought on “Study: Only 2% of Canadians deny climate change”

  1. What this poll suggests is that only 35% of Canadians have been duped into believing that Climate Change is wholly caused by human activity. No wonder the tree-hugging lefties that espouse Robin Hood remedies are increasingly shrill and hysterical. Climate Change has and always will be with us. Throughout history and prehistory the world’s climate has undergone macro and micro change. There was a mini ice age a few hundred years ago and a mini hot age before that that allowed the Elizabethan explorer Frobisher to almost complete the Northwest passage until he got sidetracked mining fools gold. The Industrial Revolution was fueled by dirty coal and caused the famous London smogs which have disappeared along with the miners and factory jobs. The lefties won’t be happy til we are all back in our caves!!


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