A New York Times article on April 27, 2007, reported that in a poll conducted by New York Times/CBS News Americans in large bipartisan numbers agree that the heating of the earth’s atmosphere is having serious effects on the environment now or will soon have such effects, and think it is necessary to take immediate steps to reduce the effects of global warming. The poll reveals a strong public sentiment for addressing global warming and the US taking a lead on this and other environmental and conservation internationally.
According to the article, 90 percent of Democrats, 80 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans agreed that immediate action was required to curb the warming of the atmosphere and deal with the effects of global climate change. Nineteen percent said it was not necessary to act now, and one percent said no steps were needed.
The poll also found that Americans want the United States to support conservation and to be a global leader in addressing environmental problems and developing alternative energy sources to reduce reliance on fossil fuels like oil and coal.