36% of Americans link extreme weather manifestations to the end of times, poll says
Given the extreme weather manifestations that have recently hit the US, one would have to be a fool not to realize that something is seriously wrong with the world.According to a new poll carried out by Public Religion Research Institute, 63% of all Americans agree that the past few years have witnessed an increase in the frequency and strength of extreme weather manifestations, whereas 29% maintain that things are just as they used to be in the past, at least as far as climate is concerned.
The remainder 6% argue that, rather than getting worse, environmental conditions worldwide are actually improving.
What is interesting is that, as this poll goes to show, a significant number of Americans (a third, to be more precise), claim that it is doomsday, and not climate change, which must take the blame for these shifts in global weather patterns.
“More than one-third of Americans believe that the severity of recent natural disasters is evidence that we are in what the Bible calls the end times,” reads the official website for the Public Religion Research Institute.
Furthermore, “By contrast, more than 6-in-10 Americans say the severity of recent natural disasters is evidence of global climate change.”
As far as global warming is concerned, 60% of Americans are firmly convinced that human activities have had a say in the matter, whereas the remainder believe that the weather is changing as a result of natural patterns.
However, what all these people seem to agree on is the fact that immediate measures must be taken in order to downsize the effects that global shifts in terms of weather conditions have on human society.
“Nine-in-ten Americans who believe global warming is caused by human action and nearly six-in-ten Americans who believe global warming is due to natural weather patterns agree that the U.S. government should do more to address the issue of climate change,” the study explains.