Climate change

Apr 8, 2014

Q. Do you believe that there is fairly conclusive evidence that climate change is happening and caused by human activity or do you believe that the evidence is still not in and we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate which happens from time to time?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Nov 09

Dec 10

Jun 11

Oct 12

Oct 13

Jan 14

Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity

56%

70%

39%

87%

46%

53%

45%

50%

48%

52%

51%

We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate

34%

23%

51%

5%

39%

34%

36%

39%

39%

36%

39%

Don’t know

10%

7%

10%

8%

15%

13%

19%

12%

13%

12%

11%

56% (up 5% since January) agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 34% (down 5%) believe that we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate. This is the largest gap recorded between these figures since this question was first asked in 2009.

By age groups, those aged under 35 split 65%/22% and those aged 55+ split 42%/52%. People with higher education were more likely to think climate change is happening and is caused by human activity – those with university degrees split 66%/24%.

Actions on climate change

Apr 8, 2014

Q. Which of the following actions on climate change do you most support?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Oct 13

Keeping the carbon tax

17%

27%

6%

29%

19%

15%

Replacing the carbon tax with an emissions trading scheme

22%

30%

14%

35%

19%

21%

Replacing the carbon tax with the Liberal’s “direct action” plan

12%

4%

23%

4%

13%

15%

Dumping the carbon tax and not replacing it at all

30%

19%

44%

9%

35%

31%

Don’t know

19%

20%

13%

23%

15%

18%

30% think the carbon tax should be dumped and not replaced, 22% support replacing it with an emissions trading scheme, 12% prefer the Liberal’s “direct action” plan and 17% think the Government should keep the carbon tax. These figures have changed little since this question was asked in October.

Those most likely to support keeping the tax or changing to an emissions trading scheme were Labor voters (57%) and Greens voters (64%) and those with a university education (51%).

Those most likely to think the carbon tax should be dumped and not replaced were Liberal/National voters (44%) and those who had not completed secondary education (43%). Only 23% of Liberal/National voters preferred the Liberal’s “direct action” plan (down from 28% in October).

Government handling of issues

Feb 25, 2014

Q. How would you rate the Federal Liberal-National Government for the way they have handled the following issues?

 

Total good

Total poor

Net score

Very good

Good

Average

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

Managing the economy

34%

31%

+3

12%

22%

29%

16%

15%

6%

Treatment of asylum seekers

37%

36%

+1

18%

19%

18%

11%

25%

9%

Relations with other countries

29%

32%

-3

8%

21%

30%

13%

19%

8%

Education and schools

28%

35%

-7

6%

22%

28%

19%

16%

8%

Supporting Australian businesses

27%

34%

-7

8%

19%

31%

18%

16%

8%

Protecting the environment

26%

36%

-10

7%

19%

28%

14%

22%

9%

Social welfare

27%

39%

-12

8%

19%

26%

17%

22%

8%

Industrial relations

26%

38%

-12

9%

17%

27%

18%

20%

9%

Health services

25%

38%

-13

6%

19%

29%

20%

18%

7%

Climate change

24%

39%

-15

10%

14%

28%

13%

26%

9%

Supporting Australian jobs

25%

44%

-19

8%

17%

26%

20%

24%

6%

The Government received negative rating for all issues except managing the economy (34% good/31% poor) and treatment of asylum seekers (37%/36%).

Highest negative ratings were given for supporting Australian jobs (25% good/44% poor), climate change (24%/39%), health services (25%/38%), industrial relations (26%/38%) and social welfare (27%/39%).

Other issue of most concern

Feb 11, 2014

Q. And which of these other issues are you personally most concerned about?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

 

2 Sep 13

19 Nov

Climate change

21%

28%

10%

44%

20%

16%

22%

Border security

21%

11%

36%

6%

15%

30%

21%

Treatment of the aged

20%

21%

21%

8%

22%

17%

18%

Marriage equality

11%

14%

9%

20%

8%

9%

9%

Population growth

10%

12%

8%

10%

14%

12%

14%

Treatment of the disabled

9%

9%

8%

9%

16%

7%

8%

None of them

5%

4%

5%

5%

4%

5%

4%

Don’t know

3%

2%

2%

-

1%

4%

4%

21% were most concerned about climate change, 21% were most concerned about border security, and 20% treatment of the aged.

There has been little change since this question was asked in November.

Border security (36%) was the main issue of concern to Liberal/National voters and 44% of Greens voters and 28% of Labor voters nominated climate change.

Climate change

Jan 21, 2014

Q. Do you believe that there is fairly conclusive evidence that climate change is happening and caused by human activity or do you believe that the evidence is still not in and we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate which happens from time to time?

 

Nov 09

Dec 10

Jun 11

Oct 12

Oct 13

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity

53%

45%

50%

48%

52%

51%

70%

29%

80%

46%

We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate

34%

36%

39%

39%

36%

39%

22%

61%

10%

41%

Don’t know

13%

19%

12%

13%

12%

11%

8%

10%

10%

12%

51% agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 39% believe that we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate. This is a similar result to when this question was previously asked in October last year.

By age groups, those aged under 35 split 55%/32% and those aged 55+ split 43%/48%. People with higher education were more likely to think climate change is happening and is caused by human activity – those with university degrees split 59%/29%.

Extreme temperatures

Jan 21, 2014

Q. Do you think the recent extreme temperatures across Australia are likely or unlikely to be related to climate change?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Likely to be related to climate change

52%

72%

33%

73%

52%

Unlikely to be related to climate change

34%

18%

54%

12%

38%

Don’t know

13%

10%

13%

16%

10%

52% think that the recent extreme temperatures across Australia are likely to be related to climate change – 34% think they are unlikely to be related to climate change.

57% of those with university education believe they are related. 48% of those aged 55+ think they are not related.

Climate change and bushfires

Oct 29, 2013

Q. Thinking about the bushfires in New South Wales, which of the following statements is closest to your view?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

It likely that the bushfires are linked to climate change and it is appropriate to publicly raise this issue

27%

41%

13%

64%

22%

It likely that the bushfires are linked to climate change but it is inappropriate to publicly raise this issue at this time

14%

14%

15%

9%

9%

It is unlikely the bushfires are linked to climate change

48%

37%

63%

19%

62%

Don’t know

11%

8%

9%

7%

7%

41% think that the NSW bushfires are likely to be linked to climate change and 48% think it unlikely they are linked to climate change. 27% think they are linked and it is appropriate to raise this issue while 14% think they are linked but it is inappropriate to raise this issue at this time.

Those most likely to think the bushfires and climate change are linked were aged under 35 (49%), Labor voters (55%), Greens voters (73%) and those with university education (53%).

Those who think it is unlikely they are linked tended to be aged 55+ (61%), Liberal/National voters (63%) and those who had not completed secondary education (60%).

Actions on climate change

Oct 29, 2013

Q. Which of the following actions on climate change do you most support?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Keeping the carbon tax

15%

30%

2%

44%

4%

Replacing the carbon tax with an emissions trading scheme

21%

25%

15%

35%

24%

Replacing the carbon tax with the Liberal’s “direct action” plan

15%

2%

28%

3%

19%

Dumping the carbon tax and not replacing it at all

31%

25%

41%

5%

35%

Don’t know

18%

18%

14%

14%

17%

31% think the carbon tax should be dumped and not replaced, 21% support replacing it with an emissions trading scheme, 15% prefer the Liberal’s “direct action” plan and 15% think the Government should keep the carbon tax.

Those most likely to support keeping the tax or changing to an emissions trading scheme were Labor voters (55%) and Greens voters (79%), people aged under 25 (59%) and those with a university education (45%).

Those most likely to think the carbon tax should be dumped and not replaced were Liberal/National voters (41%) and those who had no post-secondary education (42%). Only 28% of Liberal/National voters preferred the Liberal’s “direct action” plan.

Climate change

Oct 1, 2013

Q. Do you believe that there is fairly conclusive evidence that climate change is happening and caused by human activity or do you believe that the evidence is still not in and we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate which happens from time to time?

 

Nov 09

Dec 10

30 May 11

14 Jun

15 Oct 12

 29 Jan 13

27 May

 

Total

1 Oct

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity

53%

45%

52%

50%

48%

51%

51%

52%

67%

36%

82%

We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate

34%

36%

36%

39%

39%

40%

35%

36%

22%

51%

10%

Don’t know

13%

19%

12%

12%

13%

9%

14%

12%

10%

12%

8%

52% agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 36% believe that we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate. This is a similar result to when this question was previously asked in May.

By age groups, those aged under 35 split 61%/25% and those aged 55+ split 42%/48%. People with higher education were more likely to think climate change is happening and is caused by human activity – those with university degrees split 64%/27%.

Other issue of most concern

Sep 2, 2013

Q. And which of these other issues are you personally most concerned about?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Border security

30%

20%

48%

5%

Climate change

16%

23%

5%

45%

Population growth

12%

10%

13%

4%

Marriage equality

9%

11%

4%

24%

Treatment of the aged

17%

21%

16%

12%

Treatment of the disabled

7%

10%

4%

7%

None of them

5%

3%

7%

4%

Don’t know

4%

2%

3%

-

30% were most concerned about border security, 17% treatment of the aged and 16% climate change.

Border security (48%) was the main issue of concern to Liberal/National voters and 45% of Greens voters nominated climate change.

Party leader trust most on issues

Aug 5, 2013

Q.  Which party leader – Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott – would you trust most to handle the following issues?

 

Kevin Rudd

Tony Abbott

No difference

Don’t know

Net difference

Difference for parties

23 Jul 13

Management of the economy

32%

35%

21%

11%

-3

-15

Ensuring a quality education for all children

41%

25%

24%

10%

+16

+9

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

37%

27%

25%

11%

+10

+1

Protecting the environment

33%

22%

31%

14%

+11

na

A fair industrial relations system

41%

28%

19%

12%

+13

+11

Political leadership

37%

32%

22%

9%

+5

-7

Addressing climate change

35%

21%

31%

13%

+14

na

Controlling interest rates

24%

32%

32%

12%

-8

-14

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

32%

30%

25%

13%

+2

-1

Ensuring a quality water supply

26%

23%

36%

15%

+3

-7

Housing affordability

26%

25%

34%

15%

+1

-2

Ensuring a fair taxation system

31%

32%

26%

11%

-1

-2

Security and the war on terrorism

25%

29%

33%

13%

-4

-15

Treatment of asylum seekers

26%

31%

32%

11%

-5

-11

Managing population growth

21%

28%

37%

15%

-7

-13

Substantially more respondents said they would trust Kevin Rudd more than Tony Abbott to handle a quality education for all children, a fair industrial relations system, addressing climate change, protecting the environment and ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system. Tony Abbott is more trusted to control interest rates and manage population growth.

When compared with a similar question about trust in the parties asked last month, Kevin Rudd rates considerably better that the Labor Party on management of the economy, political leadership and security and the war on terrorism.

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