Business, Economics and Jobs

Generation X lacks concern for climate change, says new poll


A new poll shows that Generation X is not concerned about climate change.


John Moore

A new poll has found that Generation X has a shrinking concern for the impact of climate change.

Only five percent of Generation Xers, those between the ages of 32 and 52, were found to be "alarmed," with 18 percent "concerned" about global warming.

The University of Michigan poll found that two thirds of that age group were not sure that climate change even exists.

Researchers used two polls: one taken in 2009 and another taken this year to compare attitudes toward climate change.

"We found a small but statistically significant decline between 2009 and 2011 in the level of attention and concern Generation X adults expressed about climate change," said researcher Jon Miller of the University of Michigan in a statement. 

More from GlobalPost: Germany battles over future of solar

"In 2009, about 22 percent said they followed the issue of climate change very or moderately closely. In 2011, only 16 percent said they did so."

 According to CBS News, the poll also showed that zero conservative Republicans were alarmed, while a mere 10 percent were concerned.

It also found that the more educated, the more likely the person was concerned with global warming, said Phys Org.

Study authors seemed surprised at the lack of activism or concern by a generation believed to be the most educated in American history.

"Most Generation Xers are surprisingly disengaged, dismissive or doubtful about whether global climate change is happening and they don't spend much time worrying about it," said Miller, according to USA Today.

The report is entitled "Climate Change: Generation X Attitudes, Interest, and Understanding."