83% Back Sacrifice to Fight Warming

But global survey mixed on higher fuel taxes
By Asta Hostetter,  Newser User
Posted Nov 6, 2007 7:45 AM CST
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(Newser) – Four out of five people worldwide indicated they're ready to make personal lifestyle changes to combat global warming—even those from the worst carbon dioxide spewers, China and the US, according to a BBC poll of 22,000 people. Support was mixed, however, on increasing taxes on coal and oil, though most agreed a price increase would curb their use.

Chinese respondents were most enthusiastic about tax increases on fossil fuels, but  only 50% of all polled supported the idea, with 44% opposed. Overall, 83% of people polled from 21countries said lifestyle changes would be necessary to battle global warming. "People are much more ready to endure their share of the burden than most politicians grant," said a spokeswoman for polling firm Globescan.