Lubos Motl at The Reference Frame links to a study at Texas A&M which shows that the more information people are given about global warming the less they fear it and feel responsible for it. Evidently, the alarmists are baffled by results which appear to be opposite of their intentions to inform the public of the imminent disaster of AGW. I can see several reasons for this. 1. More and more people either know or sense that a constant, incessant, ubiquitous campaign declaring X will lead to Y is actually marketing, not science. They would be right. In advertising, I think it is called a saturation campaign. 2. I think more people are learning that 'consensus' is a political term and not a scientific one and that scientific truths are not established by numerical head counts.
I can't remember the quote but Ayn Rand said something to the effect that throughout mankind's history it was always the educated class that was more in touch with reality while the masses were steeped in various irrational superstitions and belief systems. Today it is the reverse. The non-academic citizens are more in tune with reality, even if only on a sense-of-life level, while the learned classes are now wallowing in irrational belief systems, like postmodernism, pragmatism, multiculturalism, and egalitarianism just to name a few. There is one ism that is on the rise and is not irrational, Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand.