Last week, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump criticized President Barack Obama for focusing his efforts on tackling climate change. In the past, Trump, along with several other GOP presidential candidates, has expressed doubt over the existence of global warming — which, in Trump’s case, has translated into accusing the Chinese of inventing the concept to gain a competitive advantage over the U.S.
However, according to a new survey by the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College, only 16 percent of adult Americans now ascribe to the view that global warming is not real — the lowest percentage since the survey was first conducted in 2008. Nearly 70 percent of the over 900 Americans surveyed now believe that there is “solid evidence” of global warming — a 7 percent increase over the last six months and a 10 percent rise since the fall of 2014.
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