A majority of South Carolinians believe in climate change, but not necessarily on what is causing it, according to a new Winthrop University poll.
With memories of hurricanes Florence and Michael still fresh from this fall, nearly half those polled said climate change is happening. But the listed cause was split between humans and nature, depending on who answered.
The poll released Thursday shows that 48 percent of surveyed South Carolina residents believe that climate change is real and is equally caused by human activity and natural forces, while 28 percent of respondents said humans were mostly to blame.
About 20 percent said it was completely natural. Two percent of respondents were unsure.
However, when presented with the ability to flatly deny climate change or acknowledge it but assign blame to either man or Mother Nature, few respondents flatly denied that climate change is happening.
The greatest divide is whether respondents feel climate change is natural or man-made, not whether it is occurring or not.
Callers surveyed 674 residents in South Carolina by landline and cell phones between Oct. 20-28.
Results which use all respondents have a margin of error of approximately +/- 3.8 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. Subgroups have higher margins of error. Margins of error are based on weighted sample size and account for design effects.