A majority of liberal news media viewers say they believe climate change could doom humanity within 100 years, and viewers of those networks are also likely to overestimate the amount of global warming that has already occurred, according to a poll conducted by The Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports.
“There is a strong correlation between a likely voter’s favorite television news outlet and his or her understanding of basic facts about climate change,” Justin Haskins of The Heartland Institute said.
The study found non-cable news watchers, or those who tune into networks like Newsmax, Fox, the Blaze, ”were more likely to correctly estimate the amount of warming that has occurred since the late 1800s.”
The study reported more than four in 10 of the respondents in these three categories answered correctly, compared to about three in 10 viewers of CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and NBC.
The poll states 54% of likely U.S. voters who say MSNBC is their favorite news channel and 53% say CNN is their favorite say, if global carbon dioxide levels continue to rise at a rate comparable to the past decade, humans would be extinct in 100 years due to climate change.
The poll also found 25% of Fox News viewers believe climate change will cause humanity’s extinction within 100 years.
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