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Sep 17, 2019
Essential Vision

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 Vision

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.
Sep 17, 2019
Essential Vision

Support for Climate Strikes

Q. Regardless of your intentions to participate, to what extent do you support or oppose these strikes to push for governments to act on climate change and move towards renewable energy?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Strongly support 26% 29% 22% 37% 22% 19%
Somewhat support 30% 27% 33% 37% 31% 24%
Somewhat oppose 15% 16% 15% 9% 17% 18%
Strongly oppose 15% 19% 11% 3% 11% 29%
Unsure 14% 10% 18% 14% 19% 10%
NET: Support 55% 56% 55% 74% 53% 43%
NET: Oppose 30% 34% 26% 13% 28% 47%
Base 1,093 545 548 348 360 385

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens Independent / Other
Strongly support 26% 36% 11% 62% 26%
Somewhat support 30% 32% 31% 29% 26%
Somewhat oppose 15% 10% 23% 2% 17%
Strongly oppose 15% 7% 25% 1% 21%
Unsure 14% 15% 10% 6% 9%
NET: Support 55% 68% 41% 91% 52%
NET: Oppose 30% 17% 49% 3% 38%
Base 1,093 327 392 98 161
  • 55% of participants support using strike action to push for governments to act on climate change and move towards renewable energy.
  • Greens voters (91%), 18-34 year olds (74%), Labor voters (68%), with a university education (67%) and those in paid employment (69%) were more likely to agree with this statement.
  • Almost half (48%) of those with a secondary school education disagreed with this statement, along with 43% of participants over 55 years of and 41% of Coalition voters.
Mar 13, 2019
Essential Vision

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?

Total Male Female Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+ Oct 2018 Sep 2017 Aug 2016
Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity 62% 58% 65% 75% 53% 84% 48% 72% 63% 52% 63% 64% 57%
We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate 27% 29% 24% 16% 38% 7% 41% 16% 24% 39% 25% 24% 26%
Don’t know 12% 12% 11% 10% 9% 9% 12% 12% 13% 9% 13% 12% 17%

62% (down 1% since October last year) agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 27% (up 2%pts from 25%) believe that we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate.

By age groups, those aged under 35 split 72%/16% and those aged 55+ split 52%/39%. People with higher education were more likely to think climate change is happening and is caused by human activity – those with university degrees split 71%/22%.

Mar 13, 2019
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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?

Total Male Female Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+ Dec 2018 Oct 2018 Sep 2017
Not doing enough 51% 43% 58% 64% 34% 79% 46% 58% 48% 48% 53% 56% 56%
Doing enough 27% 31% 23% 18% 43% 10% 28% 26% 26% 29% 24% 23% 20%
Doing too much 11% 16% 6% 8% 15% 2% 16% 8% 9% 15% 9% 7% 8%
Don’t know 12% 10% 13% 10% 9% 8% 10% 8% 18% 9% 14% 13% 16%

Just over half (51%) think Australia is not doing enough to address climate change. This has not statistically changed from December 2018.

Those people most likely to think Australia was not doing enough include women (58%), Greens voters (79%) and Labor voters (64%).

Dec 4, 2018
Essential Vision

Doing enough to address climate change

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

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other Aug 2015 Mar 2016 Aug 2016 Dec 2016 Sep 2017 Oct 2018
Doing enough 24% 23% 32% 10% 24% 24% 21% 22% 22% 20% 23%
Not doing enough 53% 63% 42% 82% 53% 53% 57% 52% 49% 56% 56%
Doing too much 9% 3% 14% 1% 9% 7% 8% 8% 11% 8% 7%
Don’t know 14% 11% 12% 7% 14% 16% 13% 18% 18% 16% 13%

Just over half (53%) think Australia is not doing enough to address climate change. This has not statistically changed from October 2018.

Those people most likely to think Australia was not doing enough include women (58%), Greens voters (82%) and Labor voters (63%).

Oct 23, 2018
Essential Vision

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?       

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Nov 2009 Dec 2010 Jun 2011 Oct 2012 Oct 2013 Dec 2014 Nov 2015 Aug 2016 Sep 2017
Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity 63% 73% 57% 78% 47% 53% 45% 50% 48% 52% 57% 56% 57% 64%
We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate 25% 15% 34% 12% 45% 34% 36% 39% 39% 36% 29% 32% 26% 24%
Don’t know 13% 12% 9% 10% 8% 13% 19% 12% 13% 12% 14% 12% 17% 12%

63% (down 1% since September last year) agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 25% (up 1%) believe that we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate.

By age groups, those aged under 35 split 66%/19% and those aged 55+ split 56%/37%. People with higher education were more likely to think climate change is happening and is caused by human activity – those with university degrees split 70%/20%.

Oct 23, 2018
Essential Vision

Doing enough to address climate change

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

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Aug 2015 Mar 2016 Aug 2016 Dec 2016 Sep 2017
Doing enough 23%   16% 36% 5% 24%   24% 21% 22% 22% 20%
Not doing enough 56%   69% 45% 88% 45%   53% 57% 52% 49% 56%
Doing too much 7%   3% 9% 2% 21%   7% 8% 8% 11% 8%
Don’t know 13%   12% 10% 5% 9%   16% 13% 18% 18% 16%

56% (no change since September last year) think Australia is not doing enough to address climate change and 23% (up 3%) think Australia is doing enough.

Those most likely to think Australia is not doing enough were aged 18-44 (61%) and university educated (65%).

Liberal National voters were split but were more likely to think the Government was not doing enough (45%).

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