UN Poll Shows Most People Don’t Care About Fighting Global Warming

Chris White | Energy Reporter

Global warming ranks dead last among a host of important issues that people across the world worry about, according to a yearly survey conducted by the United Nations.

The survey, which records millions of viewpoints, found that people worldwide are more concerned about acquiring a “good education,” and “better healthcare,” as well as finding “better job opportunities.”

More than three times as many respondents are concerned about education, and twice as many are more worried about health care than they are global warming. The poll recorded 9,731,210 respondents so far across the world.

The UN partnered with several different human rights groups among well-developed and under-developed countries.

Wealthy countries like the United States, Canada, and Britain put a higher importance on fighting so-called man-made global warming, just above “better job opportunities.”

Poorer countries, meanwhile, rank battling climate change last on its list of concerns. The poll is divided into 16 major need areas, such as “an honest and responsive government,” and “protection against crime and violence.”

Even among wealthy countries, most of which rank high or very high on the human development index (HDI), fighting global warming barely notches above the 10th most concerning issue.

The UN poll appears to sync with previous surveys conducted by other outlets, including a YouGov poll in May, which found that only 9.2 percent of Americans rank global warming as their biggest concern.

Only Saudi Arabians were less concerned about global warming at 5.7 percent. The biggest concern for U.S. citizens, in fact, was global terrorism — 28 percent of those polled listed this as their top issue.

A Gallup poll in March of 2015 showed that Americans concerned about global warming tumbled to the same level it was in 1989. Only 32 percent of Americans in the poll said they are worried about global warming a “great deal.”

Americans are less worried about global warming in 2015 than they were in 2014, when 34 percent said they worried about warming a “great deal.”

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