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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Agency from the Justice Department in Washington January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Agency from the Justice Department in Washington January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  

Obama’s global warming pitch may fall on deaf ears

President Barack Obama is expected to talk about global warming in the State of the Union, but the American people may not want to hear it.

A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that only 27 percent of Americans believe that addressing global warming is an “absolute priority” in 2014, while 41 percent say that stemming rising temperatures “can be delayed until next year.”

Obama has made fighting global warming a top priority of his administration and has spent the last year implementing the first leg of that plan — limiting emissions from power plants. Obama has also used executive orders to force federal agencies to take action on the issue.

But 29 percent of the country says addressing global warming “should not be pursued at all.”

Obama is expected to dedicate some of his speech to global warming and energy issues, but Americans seem much more concerned about the lagging economy and government spending.

Ninety-one percent of Americans said that “creating jobs” should be an “absolute priority” for this year and 74 percent said that reducing the federal budget deficit should be an “absolute priority” this year as well.

Addressing global warming was by far the lowest-ranked concern for Americans of the options given by the NBC/WSJ poll. A recent Pew Research Center poll got similar results when asking Americans about their concerns.

Pew found that only 29 percent of Americans believe that addressing global warming is a “top priority” this year, while 31 percent said it was “important but lower priority” this year. Twenty percent said that addressing global warming was “not too important” and 15 percent said is “should not be done.”

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