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doctorproctor on 2010-10-22Wait a second, I just looked at the entire quiz and the whole thing is about climate change. And more than a few questions were a bit vague. Hmmm..."environmental knowledge"..."how green you are"...
zholz_ on 2010-10-22The survey is legitimate (sort of... a bunch of the questions could use reworking, and the way they are asked is really misleading), but the title that the Oregonian chose is awful. I'm not sure how much it adds to the correlation of people associating climate change only with environmentalism (I think this was just a really poorly chosen headline, done by someone who is unfamiliar with issues), but I do think it is very interesting regarding the article from Grist that Julia posted recently on what to call people who care about climate change.
And... this wasn't even close to a "quiz", as the Oregonian decided to call it. It's most certainly a survey (given the abundance of the likert scale in the questions), and it definitely doesn't test "environmental knowledge". The survey appears to be prodding for uncertainty, and controversy even. I think they will get polarized results, and I also think that these results will be that way because of how incredibly thoroughly climate change has been politicized.
juliahuggins on 2010-10-23I like these readers' comments:
portlandiowa October 22, 2010 at 8:04AM
"The researchers gave more than half of those who answered their quiz a grade of "F.""
Probably those that didn't answer with the same personal opinions as the researchers on the cause of global warming.
An engaged citizen October 22, 2010 at 10:07AM
There's the problem right there, portlandiowa - those who are confused about the difference between theology (a system of beliefs) and science. Or even worse, those who think SCIENTISTS are confused between the two.
I dunno.... I might agree with portlandiowa. And I'm a Bio/Chem Major??