Archive for November, 2009

Original spin distorts climate change poll

Posted in Climate Sock, Media on November 29th, 2009 by leo – 6 Comments

I was frustratingly far from an Internet connection when I heard the news that a Times/Populus poll had found that only 41% of Britons think that global warming is man-made. Clearly I’d missed something dramatic that had brought about such a radical change in how people see climate change (and this was before any UEA emails came out).

Bear in mind that the sort of numbers we’re used to seeing on this question are between 80-90% thinking that climate change/global warming is at least partly man-made (see for example MORI’s Tipping Point report). A drop of this magnitude sounded pretty fishy to me. So was it a shonky poll, or had opinions really changed that much? read more »

Dirty bathwater and a healthy baby

Posted in Climate Sock on November 15th, 2009 by leo – 1 Comment

Coverage of the recent report by IPPR on public attitudes to climate change gets short shrift from Tim Holmes on Climate Safety. The issue is that while the IPPR report is based on research entirely among a specific sub-group of the population – selected for having a certain outlook – the IPPR’s press around the report represented the findings as applying to the general population.

This spin was repeated in media coverage of the report. In an Ecologist article (reproduced in the Guardian) headlined “Public bored by climate change, says IPPR”, the opening sentence, “the general public are resentful, cynical and resigned when it comes to the issue of climate change, according to an IPPR report” is an outright misrepresentation of the research. read more »

A starting point

Posted in Climate Sock on November 8th, 2009 by leo – Comments Off on A starting point

As overviews of UK public attitudes and behaviours towards climate change go, MORI’s 2007 Tipping Point report is a handy place to start.

It covers three areas: attitudes to climate change; attitudes to actors and agencies; and behaviours related to climate change. So its scope is pretty broad, and while it inevitably draws heavily on MORI data, it does bring in conclusions and results from other sources. MORI also issued an update of a few of their numbers last year, based on some May ’08 fieldwork. read more »