Maybe I’ve just stopped listening, but my impression is that there are many fewer climate change catastrophe stories in the media now than a couple of years ago. This may be contributing to the on-going cooling of belief in the science and politics of climate change which became evident last year.
Today’s Essential Research survey shows that less than half its respondents now believe that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity. However the main shift has been to the ‘don’t know’ category rather than to an option that says weather changes are just normal fluctuations.
This plus already skyrocketing electricity prices make the politics of an ETS diabolical for the Gillard government.
7/12: As an insomniac Rajat Sood notes, today’s Newspoll shows that question wording affects responses to climate change questions (as does polling methodology – 5% don’t know with a phone poll, 19% with online). What’s not in doubt is that the trend is down however the question is worded (question wording in the Newspoll link; with the exception that the 2008 pay more question opened with ‘under a carbon emissions training scheme’ rather than ‘under the federal government’s plan to to put a price on carbon’.)