Importance of environmental issues

Aug 12, 2014

Q. How important are the following environmental issues to you?

 

Total import-ant

Total not import-ant

 

Very import-ant

Moder-ately import-ant

 

Import -ant

Vote Labor

Import -ant

Vote Lib/ Nat

Import -ant

Vote Greens

Import -ant

Vote Other

Protecting the Great Barrier Reef

91%

7%

58%

33%

94%

89%

94%

90%

Protecting endangered species

87%

11%

49%

38%

91%

83%

89%

87%

Cutting air and water  pollution

87%

11%

46%

41%

91%

83%

89%

85%

Protecting  native forests

86%

11%

45%

41%

91%

83%

91%

87%

Deforestation (for timber and paper)

80%

17%

35%

45%

83%

76%

77%

76%

Strengthen environmental protection laws

77%

20%

35%

42%

84%

69%

88%

79%

Deforestation (for palm oil products)

74%

22%

37%

37%

78%

67%

82%

75%

Population growth

73%

25%

33%

40%

72%

77%

67%

74%

Addressing climate change

71%

27%

37%

34%

84%

57%

85%

67%

The most important environmental issues were protecting the Great Barrier Reef (91%), protecting endangered species (87%), cutting air and water pollution (87%) and protecting native forests (86%). All issues were thought to be important by over 70% of respondents.

The ranking of issues was similar across party voting groups except for -

  • Addressing climate change, which was rated more important by Labor voters (84%) and Greens voters (85%) but lower by Liberal/National voters (57%).
  • Strengthen environmental protection laws, which was rated more important by Labor voters (84%) and Greens voters (88%).

Population growth, which was rated more important by Liberal/National voters (77%).

Actions on climate change

Jul 29, 2014

Q. Now that the carbon tax has been repealed, which of the following actions on climate change would you most support? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Incentives for renewable energy

43%

43%

38%

54%

52%

An emissions trading scheme

19%

30%

13%

31%

8%

The Government’s direct action policy

5%

4%

7%

1%

6%

No action required

14%

7%

25%

1%

13%

Don’t know

19%

18%

18%

13%

21%

The most favoured action on climate change was incentives for renewable energy (43%). Only 5% preferred the Government’s direct action policy while 19% favoured an emissions trading scheme.

The emissions trading scheme received higher support from Greens voters (31%) and Labor voters (30%).

25% of Liberal/National voters and 19% of those aged 45+ think no action is required.

Actions on climate change

Jul 1, 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

Apr 14

Keeping the carbon tax

16%

31%

2%

40%

4%

15%

17%

Replacing the carbon tax with an emissions trading scheme

22%

29%

16%

28%

23%

21%

22%

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

9%

1%

20%

7%

10%

15%

12%

Dumping the carbon tax and not replacing it at all

33%

21%

45%

10%

49%

31%

30%

Don’t know

19%

18%

17%

15%

14%

18%

19%

33% think the carbon tax should be dumped and not replaced, 22% support replacing it with an emissions trading scheme, 9% prefer the Liberal’s “direct action” plan and 16% think the Government should keep the carbon tax. Since this question was asked in April, support for dumping the carbon tax and not replacing it has increased from 30% to 33% and support for the “direct action” plan dropped 3 points to 9%.

Those most likely to support keeping the tax or changing to an emissions trading scheme were Labor voters (60%) and Greens voters (68%) and those with a university education (47%).

Those most likely to think the carbon tax should be dumped and not replaced were Liberal/National voters (45%) and other party voters (49%). Only 20% of Liberal/National voters preferred the Liberal’s “direct action” plan.

Climate change and G20

Jun 17, 2014

Q. The G20 was established to discuss world economic issues. Some have proposed that climate change should be included in G20 discussions because it is an economic issue as well as an environmental issue. Do you think climate change should be discussed at the G20 meeting?

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Should be discussed

67%

80%

54%

93%

58%

Does not need to be discussed

19%

10%

31%

4%

31%

Don’t know

13%

10%

15%

4%

11%

67% think that climate change should be discussed at the G20 meeting and 19% think it does not need to be discussed.

Liberal/National voters were more likely to be opposed (31%), although more than half (54%) thought it should be discussed.

Most important election issues

Apr 22, 2014

Q.  Which are the three most important issues in deciding how you would vote at a Federal election?

 

Total

22 Apr 14

 

Vote ALP

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Grn

Vote other

 

23 Jul 13

30 Jul 12

6 June 11

25 Jan 10

Management of the economy

54%

43%

75%

22%

44%

45%

64%

61%

63%

Ensuring a quality education for all children

27%

35%

18%

38%

20%

25%

26%

26%

23%

Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system

50%

54%

43%

62%

52%

42%

47%

49%

48%

Protecting the environment

13%

12%

7%

42%

14%

12%

11%

15%

16%

A fair industrial relations system

12%

17%

11%

8%

12%

10%

12%

8%

na

Political leadership

15%

11%

24%

6%

13%

21%

25%

17%

23%

Addressing climate change

10%

13%

4%

28%

9%

11%

9%

15%

16%

Controlling interest rates

9%

9%

11%

2%

7%

13%

9%

13%

15%

Australian jobs and protection of local industries

37%

39%

37%

18%

37%

39%

41%

32%

33%

Ensuring a quality water supply

4%

5%

3%

3%

5%

3%

3%

5%

12%

Housing affordability

17%

18%

16%

13%

19%

17%

13%

16%

14%

Ensuring a fair taxation system

20%

19%

20%

9%

23%

20%

18%

17%

14%

Security and the war on terrorism

5%

3%

8%

3%

5%

8%

5%

8%

9%

Treatment of asylum seekers

8%

5%

5%

32%

9%

14%

10%

5%

na

Managing population growth

9%

6%

10%

8%

16%

9%

8%

12%

na

54% of people surveyed rated management of the economy as one of their three most important issues, followed by 50% ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system, 37% Australian jobs and protection of local industries and 27% ensuring a quality education for all children.

Main changes since this question was asked last July – management of the economy up 9%, ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system up 8%, political leadership down 6% and treatment of asylum seekers down 6%.

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%).