Essential Report

Addressing climate change

Jul 25, 2017

Q. To address climate change, would you support or oppose setting a clean energy target (CET) which means that a set percentage of energy would have to be generated from clean sources (e.g. wind, solar, etc.)?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Total support 64%   73% 61% 87% 50%
Total oppose 10%   4% 16% 3% 10%
Strongly support 30%   35% 25% 56% 23%
Support 34%   38% 36% 31% 27%
Neither support nor oppose 18%   18% 19% 7% 23%
Oppose 3%   <1% 6% 1% 4%
Strongly oppose 7%   3% 10% 2% 6%
Don’t know 8%   6% 4% 2% 6%


Q. To address climate change, would you support or oppose establishing an emissions intensity scheme (EIS) – which means that pollution over a certain level would be taxed?

 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Total support 54%   62% 50% 77% 44%
Total oppose 15%   9% 20% 7% 22%
Strongly support 23%   27% 16% 53% 22%
Support 31%   35% 34% 24% 22%
Neither support nor oppose 21%   20% 21% 12% 26%
Oppose 7%   4% 9% 5% 6%
Strongly oppose 8%   5% 11% 2% 16%
Don’t know 11%   9% 8% 4% 8%

Both policies for addressing climate change were supported by a majority of respondents.

64% support a clean energy target and 54% support an emissions intensity scheme.

10% oppose CET and 15% oppose an EIS.

Those most likely to support a CET were Labor voters (73%), Greens voters (87%), aged 18-24 (72%) and university educated (70%).

Those most likely to oppose a CET were Liberal/National voters (16%) and aged 65+ (25%).

Those most likely to support an EIS were Labor voters (62%), Greens voters (77%) and university educated (62%).

Those most likely to oppose an EIS were Liberal/National voters (20%), other party voters (22%) and aged 65+ (28%).

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