Pew Research Center released the results in January, which said that of 23 issues, ?global warming? was the second to last on the list when it comes to people?s priorities for the country. ?Scientific research? polled higher, and ?global trade? was dead last.

The broad issue of ?environment? polled about in the middle for those polled, and the top three were terrorism, the economy and jobs.

But in an event hosted by the New Republic Friday, McCarthy rejected the poll?s findings, and said Americans actually care quite a bit about global warming.

?You?ve got to read other polling that?s been done, because in my opinion, since the president has really stepped up and taken a leadership role here, a very vocal and visible one, the dynamics have changed considerably,? she said.