The climate strikes shoots in the past few months in Switzerland, tens of thousands on the road – and in election year, politically powerful movement. But big is not only activism, but also the scepticism of the Swiss population. Although scientifically it is undisputed that climate change is man-made, the doubt persistent and have become in the past few years, in the population even bigger. This shows a representative survey by the opinion research Institute M. I. S Trend, with its headquarters in Lausanne.

number of skeptics has increased

The Institute conducts every year a large-scale survey of a current topic area – this year it was the so-called Sophia-the study of the environment and sustainability. In addition to the representative opinion survey of the population of the study includes a survey of over 400 opinion leaders from the fields of economy, politics and culture, which allows a comparison between the opinions of the General population and the Elite in the country. To whom it may, the interviewed opinion leaders, the study is not public.

The survey shows that Only 40 percent of the population are of the opinion that the person is wholly or mainly due to the warming of the climate debt. 53 per cent find that the people-related factors are only partially responsible for climate change. Thus, the number of climate skeptics in comparison to 2007 has increased, as the Institute had already carried out a representative survey on this topic, easily.

Just the opposite of the Trend among opinion leaders: Today, 48 percent of respondents are convinced that climate is changing mainly people. That is ten percent more than twelve years ago.

population is pessimistic

The General public is not only skeptical, but also more pessimistic than the opinions of the Elite in the country. While 55 percent of the opinion leaders are not Convinced that it is too late to save the planet, it is in the population, only 31 per cent.

56 percent believe powerful also believe that the climate strikes can really make a difference. The population is 31 percent approval significantly less confident.