Climate change

Jul 14, 2015

Q. Do you believe that there is fairly conclusive evidence that climate change is happening and caused by human activity or do you believe that the evidence is still not in and we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate which happens from time to time?

  Total   Vote Lab Vote Lib/ Nat Vote GRN Vote other   Nov 2009 Dec 2010 Jun 2011 Oct 2012 Oct 2013 Dec 2014 Mar 2015
Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity 56% 70% 40% 95% 43% 53% 45% 50% 48% 52% 57% 54%
We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate 31% 20% 50% 5% 42% 34% 36% 39% 39% 36% 29% 31%
Don’t know 12% 10% 10% 15% 13% 19% 12% 13% 12% 14% 15%

56% (up 2% since March) agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 31% (no change) believe that we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate. This is the second highest belief in climate change recorded over the last 6 years.

By age groups, those aged under 35 split 63%/21% and those aged 55+ split 47%/45%. People with higher education were more likely to think climate change is happening and is caused by human activity – those with university degrees split 68%/22%.