UPDATED: "Greatest threat to humanity" comes 7th on voters' importance list
AUSTRALIANS' anxiety about climate change is falling substantially, even as the issue dominates political debate in Canberra.
The latest Lowy Institute poll shows that tackling climate change is viewed as only the seventh-most important of 10 foreign policy goals, and global warming the fourth of a dozen "threats to Australia's vital interests", just a point or two above other threats.
In 2007, tackling climate change was perceived as the joint top foreign policy goal, together with protecting the jobs of Australian workers.
In 2007, 75 per cent of those surveyed said climate change was a very important issue. Last year, this fell to 66 per cent, and this year to 56 per cent.
Global warming was viewed as "a critical threat" by 68 per cent in 2007, 66 per cent last year and 52 per cent this year.
So that's a drop of 14% in one year, compared to just a 2% fall between 2007 and 2008.
Read it here.
UPDATE: Piers Ackerman dissects the whole thing here.