When it comes to the issue of climate change, who does America trust more, global warming activist Barack Obama or a more skeptical Fox News?
This is not a trick question. The Saint Leo University Polling Institute just conducted a national public opinion survey to find out.
The results: Fox News wins, at least as between the two.
According to the poll results, 17 percent of respondents believe that Fox News is a reliable source of information about global climate change, while only 11 percent gave the nod to President Obama. The findings indicated that the most trusted source collectively was non-government scientists and educators (45 percent). The mainstream or legacy media clocked in at 22 percent.
The survey conducted by the educational institution located near Tampa also revealed that three percent of the public selected climate change as the most important issue facing the country. Jobs and the economy topped the list. Similarly, a recent Gallup poll revealed that only 32 percent of Americans spend a lot of time worrying about climate change/global warming.
Almost two-thirds of those responding in the Saint Leo survey -- which consisted of about 1,000 U.S. adults and had a 3 percent margin of error -- indicated that global climate change has its cause in a combination of man-made and natural factors.
A Quinnipiac University poll last month found that Fox News is the most trusted news network in the U.S generally.
Earlier this week, President Obama explained in an interview that climate change became a personal and not just a public policy issue with him when his daughter, Malia, came down with asthma at age four. The interview was part of a federal government initiative meant to link climate change and public health. "Keep in mind that climate change is just one more example of how the environment will cause health problems, and I think most people understand that," the president said.
Many on social media, however, pointed that Barack Obama is, or was, a long-time cigarette smoker, and second-hand smoke could have played a role in health issues at home. With that in mind, he has received criticism for chewing presumably nicotine gum during public events such as last year's 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in France.
According to The Daily Caller, an alternative explanation for the asthma diagnosis exists unrelated to climate change or tobacco.
"[C]omments a couple years ago made by [the president's] wife Michelle suggest that being in a crowded circus with lots of dust and particles in the air triggered their daughter's asthma, not global warming. Their daughter also has a peanut allergy, and circuses are usually teaming with peanuts."
As the Inquisitr previously reported, respected Harvard University Law Professor Laurence H. Tribe, who has praised Barack Obama as one of his best-ever research assistants back in the day, is nonetheless challenging the president's Environmental Protection Agency coal industry regulations in federal court on grounds that the rules violate the U.S. Constitution's separation of powers.
Prof. Tribe said he is still a big fan of his former student, however, and believes the president derives his motivation from a profound concern about climate change and his interpretation of the Constitution. "It hasn't affected my esteem for [Obama], but I don't take responsibility for views of former students that I think are misguided."