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Mar 31, 2020
Essential Research

Relative concern for the climate change

Q. Considering everything which has happened so far this year, are you now more or less concerned about the impact of climate change than you were a year ago?

    Gender Age Group Location
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Capital Non-Capital
More concerned about the impact of climate change 31% 32% 30% 41% 27% 27% 34% 25%
No more or less concerned about the impact of climate change 53% 49% 56% 45% 56% 56% 50% 58%
Less concerned about the impact of climate change 16% 19% 14% 14% 17% 17% 16% 17%
Base (n) 1,086 539 547 341 362 383 727 359
Mar 31, 2020
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Addressing Climate Change

Q. As far as you know, do you think Australia is doing enough, not enough or too much to address climate change?

  Mar’20 Nov’19 Mar’19 Dec’18 Oct’18 Sep’17 Aug’16
Doing enough 23% 22% 27% 24% 23% 20% 22%
Not doing enough 55% 60% 51% 53% 56% 56% 52%
Doing too much 9% 8% 11% 9% 7% 8% 8%
Don’t know 13% 10% 12% 14% 13% 16% 18%
Base (n) 1,086 1,083 1,089 1,032 1,027 1,011 1,022

 

    Gender Age Group Voting Intention
Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Doing enough 23% 26% 21% 19% 24% 26% 18% 36% 8% 20%
Not doing enough 55% 51% 59% 63% 54% 49% 66% 37% 86% 52%
Doing too much 9% 12% 5% 7% 6% 13% 5% 13% 2% 15%
Don’t know 13% 11% 16% 12% 15% 12% 11% 14% 4% 14%
Base (n) 1,086 539 547 341 362 383 328 372 95 146

 

Jan 29, 2020
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Climate Change Policy Proposals

Q. To what extent would you support or oppose the following policy proposals if they were adopted by the Federal Government?

  NET: Support NET: Oppose Strongly support Somewhat support Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose
Accelerate development of new industries and jobs that are powered by renewable energy 81% 19% 41% 40% 12% 7%
Setting a zero-carbon pollution target for 2050 71% 29% 32% 39% 18% 12%
Requiring mining companies to fund bushfire hazard reduction 68% 32% 25% 43% 21% 11%
Remove taxpayer funded subsidies to the fossil fuel industry 68% 32% 30% 38% 22% 11%
Setting a zero-carbon pollution target for 2030 64% 36% 26% 38% 21% 15%
Ban all political donations from fossil fuel companies 62% 38% 28% 34% 25% 13%
Prevention of new coal mines opening in Australia 62% 38% 27% 35% 23% 16%

 

  Voting Intention
 NET: SUPPORT Total Labor Liberal + National Greens NET: Other
Accelerate development of new industries and jobs that are powered by renewable energy 81% 86% 75% 87% 77%
Setting a zero-carbon pollution target for 2050 71% 81% 56% 89% 62%
Requiring mining companies to fund bushfire hazard reduction 68% 78% 54% 76% 68%
Remove taxpayer funded subsidies to the fossil fuel industry 68% 77% 56% 83% 64%
Setting a zero-carbon pollution target for 2030 64% 77% 47% 87% 52%
Ban all political donations from fossil fuel companies 62% 72% 48% 79% 57%
Prevention of new coal mines opening in Australia 62% 70% 48% 84% 51%
Base (n) 1,080 351 342 110 156
  • 81% of participants support the accelerated development of new industries and jobs that are powered by renewable energy and 71% support a zero-carbon pollution target to be set for 2050.
  • Support for all policies was higher among Labor and greens voters, and lower among Coalition.
Nov 26, 2019
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Climate Change

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’19 Mar’19 Oct’18 Sep’17 Aug’16
Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity 61% 62% 63% 64% 57%
We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate 28% 27% 25% 24% 26%
Don’t know 11% 12% 13% 12% 17%
Base (n) 1,083 1,089 1,027 1,011 1,022

 

  Total Gender Age Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity 61% 59% 63% 74% 61% 50% 74% 47% 89% 44%
We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate 28% 32% 25% 18% 25% 41% 16% 43% 1% 48%
Don’t know 11% 9% 12% 8% 15% 9% 10% 10% 10% 7%
Base (n) 1,083 527 556 329 369 385 342 373 93 162

 61% believe that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity. This is consistent with previous results in Mar’19 (62%) and Oct’18 (63%).

  • 28% believe that we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate, no change from earlier in the year (27% in March).
  • By age groups, those aged 18-34 were most likely to believe in man-made climate change (74%) and those over 55+ least so (50%).
  • Less than half of Coalition votes (47%) believe that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity.
Nov 26, 2019
Essential Research

Addressing Climate Change

Q. As far as you know, do you think Australia is doing enough, not enough or too much to address climate change?

Nov’19 Mar’19 Dec’18 Oct’18 Sep’17 Aug’16
Not doing enough 60% 51% 53% 56% 56% 52%
Doing enough 22% 27% 24% 23% 20% 22%
Doing too much 8% 11% 9% 7% 8% 8%
Don’t know 10% 12% 14% 13% 16% 18%
Base (n) 1,083 1,089 1,032 1,027 1,011 1,022

 

  Total Gender Age Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Not doing enough 60% 57% 63% 69% 59% 53% 72% 46% 87% 48%
Doing enough 22% 24% 20% 19% 19% 28% 13% 35% 3% 27%
Doing too much 8% 11% 6% 5% 9% 11% 5% 12% 1% 17%
Don’t know 10% 8% 12% 8% 13% 9% 10% 8% 9% 8%
Base (n) 1,083 527 556 329 369 385 342 373 93 162
  • 60% now think Australia is not doing enough to address climate change, this has increased from 51% in March 2019.
  • Those people most likely to think Australia was not doing enough include young people aged 18-34 (69%), Greens voters (87%) and Labor voters (72%).
Nov 26, 2019
Essential Research

Climate change and bushfires

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

Nov’19 Oct’13
It is likely that the bushfires are linked to climate change and it is appropriate to publicly raise this issue 43% 27%
It is likely that the bushfires are linked to climate change but it is inappropriate to publicly raise this issue at this this time 17% 14%
It is unlikely the bushfires are linked to climate change 30% 48%
Don’t know 11% 11%
Base (n) 1,083 1,075

 

  Total Gender Age Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
It is likely that the bushfires are linked to climate change and it is appropriate to publicly raise this issue 43% 39% 46% 54% 41% 35% 53% 31% 73% 30%
It is likely that the bushfires are linked to climate change but it is inappropriate to publicly raise this issue at this this time 17% 22% 12% 22% 17% 13% 19% 20% 7% 13%
It is unlikely the bushfires are linked to climate change 30% 29% 30% 15% 29% 43% 19% 40% 6% 50%
Don’t know 11% 9% 12% 9% 13% 9% 9% 9% 13% 7%
Base (n) 1,083 527 556 329 369 385 342 373 93 162
  •  43% now think It likely that the bushfires are linked to climate change and it is appropriate to publicly raise this issue. When this question was last asked in 2013, 27% gave this answer.
  • The proportion of people who think it is likely that the bushfires are linked to climate change but it is inappropriate to publicly raise this issue at this this time has remained fairly constant. 17% saying this in 2019, and 14% in 2013.
  • Those least likely to think bushfires are linked to climate change and it is appropriate to publicly raise this issue are Coalition (31%) and other minor party and independent voters (31%).
Sep 17, 2019
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Awareness of Climate Strikes

Q. On Friday 20th September, Student-led strikes are planned to take place across Australia and internationally, to push for governments to act on climate change and move towards renewable energy.

People of all ages will refuse to attend school and/or work to participate in these peaceful protests.

Before today, were you aware these protests were happening?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Yes 35% 41% 30% 35% 29% 42%
No 54% 49% 58% 52% 58% 51%
Unsure 11% 10% 12% 13% 14% 7%
Base 1,093 545 548 348 360 385

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens Independent / Other
Yes 35% 38% 36% 45% 39%
No 54% 55% 55% 44% 50%
Unsure 11% 8% 9% 11% 11%
Base 1,093 327 392 98 161
  • More than half (54%) of participants were not aware that Climate Strikes would be occurring on 20th
  • Participants over 55 years old are more likely to be aware of the Climate Strikes (42%), as are university educated participants (42%).
Sep 17, 2019
Essential Research

Intended Involvement with the Climate Strikes

Q. Which of the following best describes your intended involvement with the protests?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Aware of protests & intend to participate in the protest 6% 7% 4% 9% 6% 2%
Aware of protests & intend to support the protest in some other way (e.g. donating, posting on social media) 11% 13% 9% 19% 8% 6%
Aware of protests & have children or other family members who intend to participate in the protest 4% 5% 4% 5% 5% 3%
Aware of protests & will not be involved 18% 21% 16% 7% 15% 31%
Unaware of protests / Unaware 65% 59% 70% 65% 71% 58%
Base 1,093 545 548 348 360 385

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens Independent / Other
Aware of protests & intend to participate in the protest 6% 7% 3% 18% 6%
Aware of protests & intend to support the protest in some other way (e.g. donating, posting on social media) 11% 14% 7% 20% 14%
Aware of protests & have children or other family members who intend to participate in the protest 4% 5% 2% 8% 7%
Aware of protests & will not be involved 18% 15% 26% 8% 20%
Unaware of protests / Unaware 65% 62% 64% 55% 16%
Base 1,093 327 392 98 161
  • 5% of participants surveyed will be participating in the Climate Strikes on 20th September, another 11% will be supporting the strikes in some other way.
  • 18-34 year olds were more likely to participate in the protest (9%) or support it in some other way (19%).
  • Greens voters are most likely to protest themselves (18%) or support the protesters in some other way (20%) as are high income earners (11% and 18% respectively).
  • Those with a university education or in paid employment are also most likely to attend the protest (12% and 8% respectively), support the protesters (17% and 16%) or have family members/children who intend to participate (7% and 6%).
  • 31% of participants over 55s and 26% of Coalition voters do not intend to support the Climate Strikes in any way.
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