[Update (Thursday 2 Dec) – good response so far – see below – keep the votes coming]
I don’t know how many times I’ve read in a blog comment that someone has a friend or relative who works for the Met Office, or NCDC, or in a government department, who told them that…[some sceptical remark]…but can’t be open about their scepticism. I know several company executives who are quite happy to embrace AGW to sell more product when they themselves are highly dubious that it is a problem. Think also of the academic who might write his (or her) grant proposal “To examine the effects of climate change on the habitat of the lesser spotted something and its consequences for…” but really doesn’t give a fig about global warming (or climate change or climate disruption or whatever the current mot-du-jour – s/he really can’t keep up), but just needs to maximise his/her chances of obtaining that funding. Then there are all the blog commenters themselves who hide behind anonymizing handles…
We know from polls that belief in man-made climate change is falling and many such people would show up in anonymous polls, but are there people lurking out there who feel the need to conceal their doubts for professional reasons? This poll asks simply, if you have doubts about the ‘orthodox view’ of climate change, how open are you about it? Please answer all four questions.
Update 2nd Dec – Votes so far: Part1 – 130; Part 2 – 125; Part 3 – 158; Part 4 – 120
The results are hidden. I’ll run it for a couple of weeks or longer depending on the response and, hoping I get an adequate response, I’ll do a follow-up results post. I’d really appreciate if others would repost it, especially if you can translate it. The embed codes follow and need to be enclosed in [ ] brackets:
Part 1 – polldaddy poll=4162242; Part 2 – polldaddy poll=4162302; Part 3 – polldaddy poll=4162346; Part 4 – polldaddy poll=4162397
Note also I haven’t asked for reasons – maybe you have an annoying ‘green’ colleague who would never let you hear the end of it if you said you didn’t agree with them, or perhaps there are people out there who fear loss of clients or income. Do tell.