Despite the ‘urgency’ of Paris climate talks, a U.N. sponsored global poll rates climate change dead last

From the United Nations “MY World” initiative, which has recorded the opinions for All Countries & Country Groups with votes of 7,679,273 at the time of this writing. They describe it as:

MY World is a United Nations global survey for citizens. Working with partners, we aim to capture people’s voices, priorities and views, so world leaders can be informed as they begin the process of defining the next set of global goals to end poverty.

The data collected so far is telling, at least about opinions surrounding global warming aka climate change. It is dead last in the list of concerns queried:

UN-poll-AGW-dead-lastThis next graph is even more interesting:

UN-poll-AGW-dead-last-segments

Source: http://data.myworld2015.org/

It too shows “action taken on climate change” as dead last among all age groups, gender, and education, but there are three curious columns on the right where it doesn’t come in last, but comes in low. These are the countries where people live that have medium to very high “HDI” which stands for Human Development Index.

global-HDI-mapNote that in these countries (medium to dark blue), people already have the things in place that come in lower than the climate change, so they tend to take them for granted. Countries that have a high HDI have reliable energy, Internet access, political freedoms, and social programs, so it is no wonder these sorts of things come in as lower concerns in medium to high HDI countries. These countries also tend to have a population that has people economically free enough to worry about things like climate change, whereas in some countries, you can’t get electricity or get on the Internet to read the latest doom and gloom being spewed by MSM outlets like the Guardian.

h/t to Dr. Ryan Maue

121 thoughts on “Despite the ‘urgency’ of Paris climate talks, a U.N. sponsored global poll rates climate change dead last

  1. And this result comes despite the fact that these other concerns are not being hyped in the media and by politicians, day in day out, year in year out.

    Where is the media and political campaign for ‘Affordable and Nutritious Food’? Where is the GreenPeace campaign for ‘Affordable and Nutritious Food’? All GreenPeace want, is more and more expensive organic foods that only the rich can possibly purchase.

    Politicians play to the audience. That, is the nature of the political game. If a comedian in a theater tells the same joke every night, and receives a stoney silence in return, hesh will soon drop it. If a politician gets a zero response on hesh climate campaign – that issue will be dropped just as quickly.

    The only fly in the ointment is the BBC, which is a Communist enterprise does not have to worry about income and popularity. But the new government’s proposal to cut its funding may make them think twice.

    Ralph

  2. The highest priority for ‘A good education’ implying education without any bs on ‘climate change’ as that is of lowest interest.

  3. Wow! Seven million climate d*niers! What is the world coming to. Weepy Bill, Bob Ward, Al Gore, Lew and Orestes and uncle Tom Cobbley and all had better get to work.

      • Yes but it makes no difference, they pass what ever laws they want and the public is apathetic, they’ll just escalate the propaganda. Now that we’re experiencing a rising, strong El Nino the MSM will jump on it to scream that they were right about the ‘pause’ being temporary (those that didn’t try to deny the pause like complete morons.)

  4. Despite the ‘urgency’ Paris climate talks

    You know who want climate talks to succeed? Jeb Bush:

    Jeb Bush:

    “The climate is changing, and I’m concerned about that. We need to work with the rest of the world to negotiate a way to reduce carbon emissions.” –Jeb Bush

    In contrast, Donald Trump:

    Donald Trump: “This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop.” -Donald Trump

    “Surprise? 1970’s global cooling alarmists were pushing the same no-growth liberal agenda as today’s global warming.” -Donald Trump

    “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” -Donald Trump

    “With the coldest winter ever recorded, with snow setting record levels up and down the coast, the Nobel committee should take the Nobel Prize back from Al Gore.” -Donald Trump

    • Trump needs to reference German(&other)-Greens rather than the Chinese, otherwise he is doing well.
      Note that the global warming thing is not a big issue with people low on the Human Development Index. The German Greens were writing the Kyoto Protocol before the Chinese learned of the possibilities.

      ~~~
      Jeb Bush sounds like Jay Inslee (Dem.), Governor of the (still) Great State of Washington. That’s on the USA’s left coast.

      • I’m with you, TRUMP is the last and best chance to pull America back from the brink and the lunatics that encourage the EPA and push the Climate change agenda!

    • Eric, I spent some time reading up on this position you say Jeb has, which is that you say he wishes Paris climate talks to succeed. I found nothing of the sort. Not even on your low hanging fruit wiki link. From what I have read on both liberal and conservative news sites, he prefers business sectors to determine MITIGATION efforts related to CO2 and climate change. While he believes the climate is changing (duh, so do I), he is less sure as to the contribution of humans to that change. This seems like a reasonable point of view.

      That said, human contribution to CO2 increase is I believe insignificant in relation to global warming, and businesses will likely lose their shirts over any attempts to sequester or reduce CO2 emissions as the climate naturally swings into unusually cold periods as it has done at least twice in the previous century. Savvy businesses will see short term opportunity to prey on fears (the insurance business comes to mind). Smarter businesses will ignore any and all opportunities to cash in due to significant risks related to public perception backlash related to being phone scam snake oil duped.

      And one last parting shot across the bow. This is a straight forward blog in which all claims are given equal fire treatments to remove the dross. Don’t look now but I see dross leaking out of your unsupported comment. Try again if you dare.

      • LOL! I kinda over did it on the flag words: prey, fears, phone scam, snake oil, duped, shot, fire. I sent myself to moderationville!

      • If you want to continue to flush our country down the toilet, vote for Jeb or Hilary. Same thing, pretty much. Maybe they’ll run on the same ticket.

  5. Of course it’s the lowest priority. It’s a problem for the grandchildren. The rest are the issues that are ours to deal with.
    And if we deal with our responsibilities our grandchildren will find it a lot easier to deal with their problems. Because they will be richer.

    Almost everyone knows that.

  6. Unfortunately “Political freedoms” is fairly low on the list too. So the warmist cabal’s threats to our liberties might not inspire that much concern among the general population.

  7. The most interesting thing about these sort of surveys is actually the trends from year to year – I would like to see results of similar surveys taken in the countries with a high HDI index in say, year 2000, 2005, and 2010. Can anybody put their hands on such surveys?

  8. The HDI thing is really interesting.
    Middle class self-righteous western activists like to claim that poor countries are clamouring for action on climate change.
    But they aren’t. This survey shows that people in poor countries want education, health, jobs, honest government, food and reliable energy as their top priorities.
    To see the actual numbers you can go to the linked myworld site and select ‘Low HDI countries’ from the menu.

      • There will always be government, and that sort of attitude does nothing to bring about better / less bad government.

      • ” … that sort of attitude does nothing to bring about better / less bad government.”

        Another deluded comment by a State worshiper. Murray Rothbard almost single singlehandedly revived the classical liberalism (aka libertarianism) in the 20th century with just that attitude. H.L. Mencken who coined the phrase I used was famous, popular, and well within the mainstream of liberty lovers — he was called the “sage of Baltimore”.

        And yet some fool on the net thinks that government is wonderful. Damn, who would have thunk it?

    • Can I add a few hyphenated adjectives for many of the CO2-obsessed climate cultists?

      – self-serving
      – virtue-signalling
      – scold-happy
      – fear-projecting
      – bias-confirming
      – self-selecting
      – blame-shifting

      Feel free to add your own.

  9. How did the respondents take this poll? There are about 48,000,000 votes distributed among 7.6M people, so perhaps they voted for their top 6 choices. Or did they rank them all, from top to bottom? I don’t think so, or the vote totals would have been different. In any event, a most illuminating article.

    • John,
      I opened this UN interweb page: http://vote.myworld2015.org/ , clicked on ‘VOTE’ and chose my top 6 categories, then you’re asked to enter your gender, age, country and education level (which only goes up to ‘beyond secondary’).
      You can enter a custom issue and then elaborate what is important to you and your family (in other words you could enter ‘disbanding undemocratic bureaucracies such as the United Nupties’ for example).
      So the best thing to do would be to take 2 minutes and vote, just to illustrate to these self-importnat twats how unimportant their gullible wamring cause really is.
      Probably the UNelected bureacracy who are so keen to stick their noses into everyone else’s business and dictate how we should live, would fail to grasp the irony of many respondants listing ‘honest and responsive govenrment’ on a UN survey of what matters to people.
      Cheerio,

      • It’s also amusing to read why ‘your vote matters’:
        “Why does your vote matter?
        You’re part of a global vote at the United Nations, allowing people for the first time to have a direct say in shaping a better world.
        The votes matter. The UN is working with governments everywhere to define the next global agenda to address extreme poverty and preserve the planet. The data from MY World continues to inform these processes and be used by decision makers around the world.
        “I want this to be the most inclusive global development process the world has ever known”
        – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon ”
        which could be more simply written as “we’re conducting a survey to find out what scare story would be most popular so than when we fail to make any difference to Gullible Warming and we have to re-invent ourselves (again), we at least start with something marketable”
        But you should vote, because the Man on the-Moon wants this to be the most inclusive e-vah.

  10. Will make no difference. The UN Paris meeting will follow the historic Iran nuclear deal.
    Actually, more like a Venezuelan election – the pre-cast votes have already been put into the “machine”.

    • And there will be self-congratulatory high-fives, victory laps and champagne for all involved.

  11. Climate hysteria only exists in the minds of those in the business of benefitting from the climate BS. It’s perfectly clear the general public doesn’t gives a rats ar$e because they don’t take claims of impending climate Armageddon seriously.

  12. It’s a pity they didn’t include lightning strikes, alien abduction, and shark attacks on the list to properly see which topics global warming can beat, if any.

    • Zits.
      I bet you that zits would beat the catastrophic Mann-made thingy . . .

      Not sure about molehills; you need a lawn to even consider that a major threat.
      So maybe the utter lack of snow for-evah (claimed) will beat mole-hills . . . .
      Just.

      Mods – nothing /sarc about this. nothing at al.

      Auto – who also voted; oddly “Action taken on climate change” wasn’t in my Hot One Hundred.

  13. This “catastrophic anthropogenic global warming” (or climate change) is a zombie that keeps on walking towards Paris (and beyond) no matter how many times you shot it with the truth and logic. The data has to be bastardized to help support the beast but the raw data and all the satellite data show the beast has no legs. Yet it keeps on walking.

    Years and years ago I saw that the entire notion of 33C of surface warming via “back radiation” is just plain wrong. No matter how many times it is shown to be wrong, it also just keeps on walking. Someday in the far future when the scientific method again applies to things relating to climate we will see that all this CO2 business is a delusion. There is more chance of the existence of talking unicorns than CO2 warming the surface or adding to the average temperature of the earth.

    At this time, the best we can hope for is that Paris yields only an empty agreement. There will be one, but hopefully it will not be a civilization killer.

    • Well let’s see….how many years has it taken for the “SATURATED FAT IS KILLING YOU” meme to finally go into a death rattle? Or “DON’T EAT SALT FOR GODS SAKE”?

      When big money is involved (selling statins and blood pressure medication) lies can live a long long time.

      • And I fell for the “fat myth”.
        25 years of irregular blood sugar and a grumbling belly filled with starch, is no small sacrifice for one man.
        I suppose that it serves me right for believing New Scientist, the Guardian and the BBC.
        Well, I’m not going to make the same mistake this time around.
        And it’s sad to see the younger generation being suckered into the “extreme weather myth”.
        Also sad to note that these myths tend to run for at least a generation before the wheels fall off.

  14. Why is affordable housing not on the list? And where is the actual survey? – is that documented anywhere (not on the site)? The list of “Partners” on the site is a joke – a lot of them are dead ends (I can’t believe all the “organizations” at the bottom of the list with just 1 vote each) I think this whole survey thing is just a bad joke – a figment of the UN’s imagination. And if so, why didn’t they put “Climate Change” at the top of the list – that is really curious…do a search on some of their Partners – crazy…

    • The Guardian is publishing garbage, there is no territorial dispute betwee India and Pakistan in their listing.

    • Of course, it helps to be “concerned” about climate if you know your country may benefit from the promised $100 billion climate reparations fund.

  15. Hey, give them a chance. They just haven’t figured out the best way to communicate climate change. These things are tricky, and take time. It would help if we would all just shut up about it.

    • Well, they could get “climate change” into the “top ten” by removing 6 of the other choices. ’bout the only way actually.

  16. These are the countries where people live that have medium to very high “HDI”…
    =====
    This kind of liberal crap is a product of people that have free time….a product of successful countries and societies

    A product of leisure time…where people’s basic needs are met and they have time to sit around and pontificate

    Take a look at the people that promote this garbage….students, professors, academics, earth mothers, etc…Soros

    Someone worried about their next meal, getting their head chopped off…..this would not be on their radar

    • Hey, as an earth mother I must protest on behalf of my kind. What torques me the most about this cAGW crap is how it has completely co-opted realenvironmental issues, to the point that even suggesting basic housekeeping (don’t sh*t in your own bed) gets one tarred as a green nutcase.

      Went to a Mother Earth News conference last fall. The ONLY person who so much as mentioned the climate issue was the lady teaching worm cultivation, and she did so only to issue a call for “global worming” (that’s a joke, for you speed-readers out there). Water-cooler chats I participated in were uniformly dismissive of AGW. Just my anecdote, but it cheered me up.

  17. Reblogged this on gottadobetterthanthis and commented:

    The reason folks in very high HDI countries have so many problems is because we have no real problems.

    It is telling that food and water are so low on the list. It seems people are willing to sacrifice the physical needs of the body today in hopes of better education that may empower the descendants of the future.

    Despite the evidence that people really don’t know what is good for them, and the obvious fact that elitists try to take advantage of it (and people seem to not care so much), people still innately know that they cannot do anything about the weather and climate.

  18. I find it interesting that that ‘Action taken on climate’, #16 on the priority list, is in direct conflict with #11, ‘Reliable energy at home’. As ‘Planning Engineer’ has stated several times over on Judith Curry’s Climate Etc. website, the push for pie-in-the-sky renewable energy has a very good chance of eliminating our ‘Reliable energy at home.’ It actually might be an interesting experiment when the reliability of the electric grid starts causing power outages during times of peak usage. Especially when, after spending $30,000 or $40,000 on their home solar system, the grid isn’t available to give them back all that power they fed into it back when the sun was shining.

    • Just listened to an interview on the CBC (Canada’s version of BBC) with a solar panel installer. They provide large solar panel arrays for remote sites where there is no grid. The interviewer asked about the cost and return of installing solar panels on a house in Calgary, Alberta, where we have a lot of sunshine (at least for our part of the world. The supplier gave an incredibly honest answer.

      He priced out a 5 kW system at north of $17,000 (more depending on the exposure). He priced out the energy generated as $650 per year. So, for residential power with no subsidy, you would not even cover the annual interest cost of borrowing the money to install the system.

      Pretty honest response for a supplier – and consistent with evaluations I have done for my own very rural house. ( I have many small solar panels around the farm for appropriate uses remote from wires.)

  19. Get ready Paris the UN climate big show is coming to your city. They carry the malodorous, stinking, fetid, putrid, corpse of “climate change” to every meeting………

  20. Their heavy propaganda is having an effect, but not much. That would explain the renewed push for kids to be separated from their parents and placed into government schools, where they would literally be brainwashed to accept the central government cult.

    • Looks lovely. I’m sure that it was caused by Climate Change, which in turn is surely due to increased CO_2 in the atmosphere because everybody knows that without this climate is a stationary process and never changes. It’s probably Antarctic Air being pulled north by the ravening El Nino, for example — all part of the warming of Antarctica.

      Sadly, the snow covering the roads has confused the drivers and they are all driving on the wrong side. Somebody’s going to get hurt, driving on the left like that. Seems like a communist conspiracy, driving on the left.

      rgb

      • C’mon, rgb! It’s Australia and you’re in the NH.

        Stand on your head and look at the cars on the road again… OK… see? They’re driving on the correct side of the road after all.

        Doesn’t explain the Brits, though. That still remains as one of life’s little mysteries.

      • The British drive on the right side of the road that happens to be the left. :-)
        This comes from applying the rules of the sea to vehicles on land, Pass starboard to starboard (both on the left of the carriageway , overtake on the starboard side of the vehicle being overtaken (the side with the green light), give way to traffic coming from the starboard side (with their port -red- lights toward you)…etc etc.

      • “Ian W

        July 17, 2015 at 9:14 am”

        Nope. This “left right” thing is all to do with how one mounted a horse and wore a sword. As for “overtaking”, moving in to the right lane passing those to the left. Rules are clear. However, if some driver (And Police man) who happened to be “road rule challenged”, happend to be driving at 65mph in the middle lane of the, say M3 (UK), it is completely within the law to drive at 70mph in the, so called “slow lane”, and thus “undertaking” anyone driving at 65mph or less in the other lanes to the right. I have been pulled over by Police about this and have been taken to court and the case was thrown out for Police stupidity! Any road user should study the rules and the laws applied to it, otherwise you will be fined for doing nothing outside the law.

        Of course, being “nicked” for driving at 101mph just outside Newbury on the M4 (UK), is another matter…*ahem*…

      • Patrick,
        If you’d only started braking a few moments sooner you might have got that down even more…

      • The roads death and injury toll per head is far worse in the US than it is in the UK, in fact there aren’t many countries that have a better record than the UK.

      • “Will Nelson

        July 17, 2015 at 12:18 pm”

        No need to break, just lift off of the loud pedal.

    • Snow in northern Australia. Gosh!
      Last winter it snowed in Saudi Arabia. Double Gosh!! It made the news because the Wahabbis warned children not to make snowmen or risk dire punishment (apparently snowmen are images = doubleplusbad in Wahabbiland). Have a heart, those of you who feel so burdened by the torrent of fake sh*t from AGW alarmists. Saudis have real sh*t to put up with.

  21. The U.N. needs to take a lesson from NOAA. If you don’t like the numbers “Adjust” them.

  22. Reliable energy is quite a bit more important than CC. I don’t like the UN polling citizens, though – it is part of their intrusion into elected government.

  23. I’m suspicious also of the discontinuance of reporting on sea ice by several countries in this the Paris decision year. Do they have a big ice recovery buster in the works to spring on us? Anyone know what Norway, Japan, etc. are up to?

  24. This survey is an attempt to show the citizens that they are taken account of and that their issues actually really, really, honestly matter to the elite.

    Global Governance will soon sort out those democratic dreams.

    • Democracy? Isn’t that the thing that should be temporarily suspended while the smart people sort out all the stuff that’s wrong with western societies?

  25. This is why the public is not concerned with global warming.

    There is no global warming problem to solve. The planet resists rather than amplifies forcing changes. More than 75% of the warming in the last 30 years was due to solar cycle changes. The planet is about to abruptly cool which will bring an abrupt end to the cult of CAGW madness.

    The real problem/issue is forced spending of limited public money (percentage of shrinking GDP and all of the developed countries are running yearly deficits and hence of run out of money to spend on everything) which we do not have on green scams that do not work, do not significantly reduce CO2 emissions but do triple the cost of electricity. All the pain for no gain.

    It is pathetic that the cult of CAGW and the many green leaches are pushing green scams that do not work for basic engineering and economic reasons.

    beyond astronomical

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/obamas-renewable-energy-fantasy-1436104555

    Recently Bill Gates explained in an interview with the Financial Times why current renewables are dead-end technologies. They are unreliable. Battery storage is inadequate. Wind and solar output depends on the weather. The cost of decarbonization using today’s technology (William: Solar and wind power rather than nuclear) is “beyond astronomical,” Mr. Gates concluded.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/11/22/shocker-top-google-engineers-say-renewable-energy-simply-wont-work/

    The key problem appears to be that the cost of manufacturing the components of the renewable power facilities is far too close to the total recoverable energy – the facilities never, or just barely, produce enough energy to balance the budget of what was consumed in their construction. This leads to a runaway cycle of constructing more and more renewable plants simply to produce the energy required to manufacture and maintain renewable energy plants – an obvious practical absurdity.

    A research effort by Google corporation to make renewable energy viable has been a complete failure, according to the scientists who led the programme. After 4 years of effort, their conclusion is that renewable energy “simply won’t work”.

    It is pathetic that no one in the media and/or in the Democratic party has gotten to the bottom of the green scams.

    It is pathetic that no one in the Democratic party and/or the media has the guts/integrity/courage (We need Heroes) to speak the truth.

    The green scams fail without including the cost and energy input for battery systems. The costs and energy input for battery systems are never discussed as the cost and CO2 ‘savings’ calculation becomes ridiculous, absurd if battery systems are included.

    1)The number one pathetic analysis fact is the CO2 saving calculation does not include the CO2/energy required to construct the green scams and the reduce grid efficiency which is a consequence of forced on/off/on/off/on/off hydrocarbon back-up for the green scams. There is almost no energy savings and almost no CO2 savings from using green scams if the calculation is unbiased, accurate.

    2)The number two pathetic analysis fact is due to fact one, it is not possible to say reduce CO2 emissions by let say 40% using green scams, regardless of how much money is spent. We are at point A in CO2 emissions, can never get to point B in CO2 emissions with the green scams. CO2 savings decrease exponentially as more green scams are added and cost increase exponentially. The green scam plan does and cannot work.

    Comments:
    A fundamental error/scam in the calculation and discussions is the cost comparison is not ‘green scam’ vs hydrocarbon, as 100% hydrocarbon backup is required in addition to the green scam. ‘Investing’ in green scams mean doubling the installed power equipment to power the grid, in addition to more power lines as power must move from region to region.

    The second fundamental issue which is not understood by most people is implications of the fact that wind speed varies independent of load requirements.

    The power generated from a turbine varies as the cube of wind speed and can vary 30% in less than an hour and does vary from 0 to 100%. As a power system must always be balanced when the wind blows other power sources musts be shutdown and then restarted and then shutdown and then restarted and then shutdown and so on.

    The wind power scam is power is rated as nameplate power which is the maximum output of the wind farm. Germany average wind power output is less than 20% of nameplate.

    As the amount of wind power increases it is no longer possible to use high efficiency combined cycle power plants for base load. This means if a country mandates wind power at a certain breakpoint there will be a net increase not decrease in CO2 emissions, as it is no longer possible to use high efficiency combined cycle power generation (20% more efficient than a single cycle gas turbine) that takes 10 hours to start and hence cannot be turned on/off/on/off/on/off.

    The last part of the green scam, scam is that the calculations do not include the cost and energy to replace the worn out wind turbines (wind turbines and supports have a life time of 12 to 15 years) and battery systems (battery systems have a life of around 7 years and degrade as they age.)

  26. If global warming ranks last as a concern to “My World”, then I would like to know with whom global warming ranks first?

    Seems to me that that would yield a diminishingly small list. A list that would be worthwhile making, you know, for future purposes. Then I would like to correlate the membership in that list with, income, zip code, profession, political affiliation, education, alma mater, fascist affiliations, # children, religious views, JFK assassination and vaccination views, Lewandowsky where are you when we need you?

  27. Unfortunately, this will just lead to more “See, the Koch brothers are outspending us!!! Give us more moolah!!!!” from Big Green. Just watch…

  28. This just in….. The IPCC just released a report stating that 97% of those polled mismarked their responses.

    After careful consideration and the reassignment of all hanging chads – CAGW is, in fact, in a dead heat with phone and internet service.

  29. This is actually bad news. People aren’t concerned about climate change also means people aren’t concerned in regard to what the politicians are going to DO about climate change. Both climate change and the proposed mitigation schemes seem like far away things that have no direct bearing on their immediate lives. They don’t understand or care about climate change because they see no direct impact on their lives, and they don’t care about Paris because they don’t see any direct impact on their lives. By the time they do, it will be too late.

    We need to stop debating the science. We long ago won that debate, that’s why the other side never shows up. What we need to start debating is what the price of gasoline, electricity and food is going to be if stringent mitigation options are committed to. After the deal Obama just negotiated with Iran, Americans should be woken up to the stupidity this president is prepared to sign your country up to.

    Gasoline at $20 per gallon? That’ll get their attention. Hopefully before someone signs anything in Paris because “after” will be too late.

  30. The strange thing is that these people want to take away our political freedom in order to force their climate change agenda on us.

  31. It’s very disappointing that freedom is near the bottom of the list. I’m very, very suspicious of anything done by the UN. It’s not at all certain that the survey is a valid representation of people. For example, can people vote more than once? Can they select multiple choices? How were the questions asked? Why are they asking for action? While it’s nice to see global warming at the bottom of the list, I think it’s meaningless without more analysis.

  32. Why haven’t they cooked the books on this survey yet?
    Someone ought to screen-capture results across time. When the late boxes come in to be counted, elections can often swing quickly!

    • So vote! I did. It’s easy. People who oppose CACC/CAGW care, and there are a lot of them. People who support the bottomless barrel of pork, however much they hope for it to never end, are very much in the minority.

      Simple arithmetic. A few people want the money of many people, drawn at the expense of things that really matter, like ensuring equal opportunity for all through education, ensuring all children have a chance to live and thrive by providing them with clean water and sewage systems, and so on. The stupid, expensive, pointless programs don’t stand a chance in a real-world election.

      rgb

  33. It doesn’t matter what the majority of the people think. The people in charge will continue to do whatever they want regardless.

  34. The Guardian had this poll as their headline on their homepage. After they realized that AGW came bottom of the list, they deleted it completely. It is not even in their Environment section.

  35. The scariest and most disappointing item is the very low concern about Political Freedoms — 4th from th e bottom.

  36. You can see those polled with the most to gain from grants and kick-backs are polling highest.

    • Let’s have a little fairness in reporting here, Anthony.

      Yes Barry, let’s. Neither basic human needs nor fundamental human rights are included in the categories of the survey you cite. The categories are Climate Change, Global Economic Instability, ISIS, Iran’s nuclear program, Cyber Attacks, Tensions with Russia and Tensions with China. Not all of the questions were asked in all countries. When broken down by country, the poorest and least educated were the ones that cited climate change as top of that poorly constructed list. The richest and most educated didn’t. Funny that. In fact, the only place where climate change appears number one is in the chart of median concerns.

      It is a contrived presentation of statistics at best, and certainly doesn’t support your claim.

    • Barry, do you realise that the Pew Research Center poll that you are linking to does NOT compare Climate Change to the same things (in fact Climate Change is the only topic which is common to both polls), and that it has less than 50 thousand respondents instead of more than 7 million? And do you realise that they oublished the poll on July 14th despite they stopped collecting responses two months ago, in May? A dirty-minded person may come to think that the poll itself is some kind of political stunt carefully designed to have the greatest impact possible as we approach the Paris meeting, despite the Pew Research Center define themselves as non-partisan (go figure).

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