Climate change

Sep 30, 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

Apr 14

Jun 14

Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity

56%

72%

32%

92%

55%

53%

45%

50%

48%

52%

51%

56%

53%

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

30%

19%

51%

4%

35%

34%

36%

39%

39%

36%

39%

34%

35%

Don’t know

14%

9%

16%

4%

10%

13%

19%

12%

13%

12%

11%

10%

12%

56% (up 3% since June) agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 30% (down 5%) believe that we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate. This is the equal highest recorded belief in climate change – and the lowest level of disbelief.

By age groups, those aged under 35 split 70%/16% and those aged 55+ split 50%/41%. People with higher education were more likely to think climate change is happening and is caused by human activity – those with university degrees split 69%/20%.

Concern about climate change

Sep 30, 2014

Q. Over the last 2 years, have you become more concerned or less concerned about the environmental effects of global warming or do you feel about the same as you did 2 years ago?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total more concerned

52%

61%

34%

89%

52%

Total less concerned

9%

10%

14%

2%

6%

Much more concerned

22%

27%

11%

65%

18%

A little more concerned

30%

34%

23%

24%

34%

About the same

35%

28%

49%

7%

40%

A little less concerned

6%

8%

8%

2%

1%

Much less concerned

3%

2%

6%

-

5%

Don’t know

4%

2%

3%

2%

3%

52% say they have become more concerned about the environmental effects of global warming over the last two years and 9% have become less concerned – 35% feel about the same.

Those most likely to have become more concerned were Labor voters (61%), Greens voters (89%), aged 18-34 (59%) and people with university degrees (63%).

Action on climate change

Sep 30, 2014

Q. 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

50%

52%

45%

61%

59%

An emissions trading scheme

12%

20%

5%

24%

6%

The Government’s direct action policy

10%

10%

12%

7%

14%

No action required

11%

4%

21%

-

13%

Don’t know

17%

14%

17%

8%

8%

In taking action on climate change, 50% most support incentives for renewable energy, 12% most support an emissions trading scheme and 10% most support the Government‘s direct action policy – while 11% say no action is required.

All groups are most likely to support incentives for renewable energy. Those more likely to support an emissions trading scheme were Greens voters (24%) and Labor voters (20%).

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%.

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