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Jul 16, 2018
Essential Vision

Coal vs renewables

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jul 2015 Apr 2018
Governments should prioritise support for the coal industry over the renewable energy industry 16%   13% 24% 8% 22%   6% 13%
Government should prioritise support for the renewable energy industry over the coal industry 38%   48% 28% 67% 34%   50% 37%
The Government should treat both industries equally 34%   30% 42% 16% 36%   28% 35%
Don’t know 12%   9% 6% 9% 8%   15% 15%

 

 

38% (up 1% since April) of respondents agree more with the statement that the Government should prioritise support for the renewable energy industry over the coal industry and only 16% (up 3%) think they should prioritise coal over renewables. 34% (down 1%) think they should treat both industries equally.

 

Those most likely to think the Government should give priority to renewable energy were Greens voters (67%), Labor voters (48%) and respondents with university education (45%).

Apr 10, 2018
Essential Vision

Coal vs renewables

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jul 2015
Governments should prioritise support for the coal industry over the renewable energy industry 13%   13% 19% 3% 15%   6%
Government should prioritise support for the renewable energy industry over the coal industry 37%   46% 29% 67% 26%   50%
The Government should treat both industries equally 35%   29% 46% 22% 48%   28%
Don’t know 15%   12% 7% 8% 12%   15%

 

 

37% (down 13% since July 2015) of respondents agree more with the statement that the Government should prioritise support for the renewable energy industry over the coal industry and only 13% (up 7%)  think they should prioritise coal over renewables. 35% (up 7%) think they should treat both industries equally.

 

Those most likely to think the Government should give priority to renewable energy were Greens voters (67%), Labor voters (46%) and respondents with university education (50%).

Sep 11, 2017
Essential Vision

Renewables vs fossil fuels

Q. As far as you know, which energy source – renewable energy like solar and wind OR fossil fuels like coal and gas – is better for each of the following?

  Renewable energy better Fossil fuels better No difference Don’t know   May 2015 Renewable May 2015 Fossil fuels
The environment 73% 8% 10% 10%   69% 5%
Electricity costs 41% 27% 14% 18%   47% 18%
The economy 40% 28% 14% 18%   42% 20%
Jobs 34% 26% 20% 20%   37% 20%

 

Overall, respondents think that renewable energy is better for the environment (73%), electricity costs (41%), the economy (40%) and jobs (34%). Since this question was asked in May 2015, main changes are an increase for renewables being better for the environment (from 69% to 73%) and a decline for renewables being better for electricity costs (from 47% to 41%).

 

There were few substantial differences across demographic groups – other than for men who were more likely to believe fossil fuels were better for the economy (36%), jobs (32%) and electricity costs (33%).

 

Liberal/National voters were more likely to think fossil fuels are better for the economy (39%), jobs (37%) and electricity costs (35%).

Jun 20, 2017
Essential Vision

Coal or Renewables

Q. Would you prefer the construction of a new coal-fired power station, or more investment in renewable sources (such as solar and wind power), to meet Australia’s future energy supply needs?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Prefer coal-fired power plant 18%   12% 26% 1% 30%
Prefer more investment in renewable sources 64%   75% 57% 90% 55%
Don’t know 18%   14% 17% 10% 15%

64% would prefer investment in renewable energy sources to meet future energy supply needs, and 18% would prefer new coal-fired power plants. 18% did not know which they preferred.

Those most likely to prefer investment in renewable energy sources were Greens voters (90% prefer), 18-24 year olds (76%), and ALP voters (75%).

While a majority of all demographic groups preferred more investment in renewable energy sources, those most likely to prefer the construction of new coal-fired power plants were those aged 65+ (31% prefer), other party/independent voters (30%) and Liberal/National voters (26%).

Jul 21, 2015
Essential Vision

Coal vs renewables

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Governments should prioritise support for the coal industry over the renewable energy industry

6%

3%

14%

2%

Government should prioritise support for the renewable energy industry over the coal industry

50%

56%

39%

89%

56%

The Government should treat both industries equally

28%

28%

35%

5%

34%

Don’t know

15%

13%

12%

6%

8%

50% of respondents agree more with the statement that the Government should prioritise support for the renewable energy industry over the coal industry and only 6% think they should prioritise coal over renewables. 28% think they should treat both industries equally.

Those most likely to think the Government should give priority to renewable energy were Greens voters (89%) and respondents with university education (59%).

Jul 21, 2015
Essential Vision

Coal vs renewables – Government priorities

Q. And which of the following statements do you think is closer to the Federal Government’s current position?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

The Government prioritises the coal industry over the renewable energy industry

49%

59%

38%

81%

51%

The Government prioritises the renewable energy industry over the coal industry

12%

10%

16%

10%

8%

The Government treats both industries equally

13%

9%

20%

18%

Don’t know

27%

23%

26%

9%

23%

49% of respondents agree more with the statement that the Government prioritises the coal industry over the renewable energy industry and only 12% think they prioritise the renewable energy industry over the coal industry. 13% think they treat both industries equally.

Those most likely to think the Government prioritises the coal industry were Greens voters (81%) and Labor voters (59%).

May 26, 2015
Essential Vision

Renewables vs fossil fuels

Q. As far as you know, which energy source – renewable energy like solar and wind OR fossil fuels like coal and gas – is better for each of the following?

Renewable energy better

Fossil fuels better

No difference

Don’t know

Sep 2014 Renewable

Sep 2014 Fossil fuels

The environment

69%

5%

9%

17%

77%

5%

Electricity costs

47%

18%

11%

24%

45%

19%

The economy

42%

20%

11%

26%

39%

29%

Jobs

37%

20%

16%

27%

36%

25%

Overall, respondents think that renewable energy is better for the environment (69%), electricity costs (47%), the economy (42%) and jobs (37%). Since this question was asked in September, main changes are a decline for renewables being better for the environment (from 77% to 69%) and a decline for fossil fuels being better for the economy (from 29% to 20%).

There were few substantial differences across demographic groups – other than for electricity costs where 52% of women think renewables are better compared to 41% of men.

Liberal/National voters were more likely to think fossil fuels are better for jobs (30%).

Sep 2, 2014
Essential Vision

Renewables vs fossil fuels

Q. As far as you know, which energy source – renewable energy like solar and wind OR fossil fuels like coal and gas – is better for each of the following?

 

 

Renewable energy better

Fossil fuels better

No difference

Don’t know

The environment

77%

5%

8%

11%

The economy

39%

29%

14%

18%

Jobs

36%

25%

19%

20%

Electricity costs

45%

19%

14%

22%

Overall, respondents think that renewable energy is better for the environment (77%), electricity costs (45%), the economy (39%) and jobs (36%).

Older respondents tended to have a slightly more positive view of renewable energy – for those aged 55+, 47% believe renewables are better for the economy.

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