@JonHuntsman "To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy."Is Huntsman's announcement a shrewd move to establish his campaign as "the only moderate" candidacy in the crowded G.O.P. field, or is it evidence of a man sticking by his principles and "having a little fun" in a primary he knows he cannot win?
In a 2010 Pew survey, only about one in six Republicans said they believed human activity was changing the climate. In a Gallup survey this March that phrased the question differently, 36 percent of Republicans said they believed pollution from human activities had contributed to "increases in the Earth's temperature over the last century," while 62 percent of Republicans attributed those changes to natural changes in the environment. Rejection of the scientific consensus on climate change has become an article of faith for virtually all elements of the GOP coalition.Both the Gallup and Pew surveys found that a majority of Democrats attribute climate change to human activity. Independents fell in between Republicans and Democrats on the matter.
On evolution, just 23 percent of Republicans said in a 2009 Pew poll that human life had evolved solely through a natural process, while another 26 percent said evolution had occurred under divine guidance and 39 percent said life has always existed in its present form. When Gallup phrased the choices slightly differently last December, just 8 percent of Republicans said they believed human life had evolved without assistance from God, 36 percent said evolution had proceeded under divine guidance, and a 52 percent majority said God had created "human beings pretty much in their present form."†Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney believes that "the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that," but has not fully clarified his position on evolution; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) stated that "climate change is real" but has not (yet?) declared his candidacy and his position on evolution remains unclear; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has long argued that the evidence for global warming is sufficient, but continues to take a nuanced stance to creationism and evolution.
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