Respondents were asked “In the last year, about how often have you overheard, but not participated in, conversations in public places (buses, trains, restaurants, etc.) in which the people were talking about the climate change/global warming issue?” On a scale where 1=never and 7=almost every day, responses were: 1 never- appx. 3%; 2=appx. 17%; 3=appx. 21%; 4=appx. 17%; 5=appx. 23%; 6=appx. 16%; and, 7 almost every day appx. 4%It would seem there is a lot of conversation amongst the general public concerning climate change. I have to say, I have never noticed this tendency.
About science per se, respondents were asked “In the last year about how often have you overheard, but not participated in, conversations in public places (buses, trains, restaurants, etc.) in which the people were talking about the climate change science?” With the same scale the results suggest that the general public have much less interests in the science of climate change: never 1 – appx. 23%; 2 – appx. 32%; 3 – appx. .20%; 4 – 10%; 5 – 10%; 6 – appx 5%; 7 almost every day 0%.As one would expect, less people talk about science than the conclusions of science.
Regardless, I must say this has not been my experience at all. It is very seldom I hear people randomly chatting about climate change. This is not to say the respondents to the survey were inaccurate in their perceptions, just that their experience differs from mine. It might be interesting to see if any particular culture stands out (but not today). Of more interest, is the content of the conversations, but that is another project.