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Despite winning a Nobel Prize and an Oscar for his work in the global warming area, most voters don’t consider former Vice President Al Gore an expert on the subject.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that just 24% of voters consider Gore an expert on global warming. Fifty-nine percent (59%) do not think Gore is an expert on the subject, an increase in skepticism of 12 points since March 2007.  Another 18% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

While a plurality of Democrats (43%) considers Gore an expert on global warming, most Republicans (80%) and voters not affiliated with either major political party (65%) disagree.

Gore may disagree, but most voters believe solar activity has an impact on global cooling and warming. A narrow plurality gives human activity the edge over sun activity, though, when it comes to which one has a bigger impact on the problem.

Gore is viewed at least somewhat favorably by 40% of voters, with 14% holding a Very Favorable opinion of him. Fifty-three percent (53%) regard him at least somewhat unfavorably, including 38% with a Very Unfavorable view.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 2-3, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Democrats regard their former presidential nominee favorably, compared to just 18% of Republicans and 34% of unaffiliated voters.

In August 2008, 52% of all voters viewed Gore favorably, and, among Democrats, 80% felt that way.

Earlier that year, 33% of American voters believed Gore’s proposal to switch all of the nation’s electricity production to wind, solar and other carbon-free sources in 10 years was realistic.

A majority of Americans nationwide continues to believe there is significant disagreement about global warming in the scientific community, and most go even further to say some scientists falsify data to support their own beliefs.

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