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Few Americans Expect Real Deal at Copenhagen

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Few Americans believe the upcoming Climate Change Summit in Denmark will lead to a legally binding agreement to tackle global warming, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. While 44 per cent of respondents would like to see a deal that sets specific targets for all signatories, only 11 per cent think this will happen.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Few Americans believe the upcoming Climate Change Summit in Denmark will lead to a legally binding agreement to tackle global warming, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. While 44 per cent of respondents would like to see a deal that sets specific targets for all signatories, only 11 per cent think this will happen.

In addition, 34 per cent of respondents believe the countries will fail to come to an agreement in Copenhagen, and 32 per cent expect a political compromise to meet certain milestones on a voluntary basis.

The term global warming refers to an increase of the Earth’s average temperature. Some theories say that climate change might be the result of human-generated carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. In 2007, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report which states that global warming has been "very likely"—or 90 per cent certain—caused by humans burning fossil fuels.

In 1998, several countries agreed to the Kyoto Protocol, a proposed amendment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The agreement commits nations to reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

The Copenhagen Climate Change Summit is scheduled to take place from Dec. 7 to Dec. 18. Countries attending the summit are supposed to draft a new agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which is due to expire in 2012. U.S. president Barack Obama has said he will attend the summit.

On Nov. 25, Danish prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen discussed the importance of Obama’s presence, saying, "A strong commitment of the American president to the climate change issue is very valuable. [It] underlines the will of the president to contribute to an ambitious global deal in Copenhagen."

Polling Data

As you may know, representatives from 170 countries will meet in Copenhagen, Denmark, next month to participate in a Climate Summit organized by the United Nations. Which of these scenarios would you prefer to see when the Climate Summit is over?

A legally binding agreement that sets specific targets for all signatories

44%

A political compromise to meet certain milestones on a voluntary basis

23%

No agreement—countries dealing with climate change independently of each other

15%

Not sure

18%

And which of these scenarios do you expect will actually happen when the Climate Summit is over?

A legally binding agreement that sets specific targets for all signatories

11%

A political compromise to meet certain milestones on a voluntary basis

32%

No agreement—countries dealing with climate change independently of each other

34%

Not sure

22%

Source: Angus Reid Public Opinion
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,008 American adults, conducted on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25, 2009. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

Complete Poll (PDF)