Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Who Do Ya Trust?

There's an interesting story here about who youth trust when it comes to science and climate change.  There's good news, there's bad news, and there's scary news.

Looking at respondents under the age of 35:
  • Only about a third trust the news media when it comes to information about climate change.  That's the bad news from a journalism standpoint.
  • But -- here's the good news -- fewer (about 27 percent) -- trust Sarah Palin on this issue.  So that's something.
  • Eight out of ten in this age group trust scientists.  If there is an important number in this survey, this be the one.  Heartening, especially since this 82 percent is higher than any other age group.
  • But there is scary bad news.  Among Evangelicals under 35, religious leaders are the most trusted source of information about climate change.  Huh?  Are these also the guys you go to for surgery?  For a wisdom tooth?  
A pdf of the entire report is here.  I may mine it for more blogs later, but as I'm on spring break, motivation is not high.

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