Essential Report

Addressing climate change

Jun 22, 2021

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

Jun’21 Jan’21 Jun’20 Mar’20 Jan’20 Nov’19 Mar’19 Dec’18 Oct’18 Sep’17 Aug’16
Not doing enough 45% 42% 52% 55% 62% 60% 51% 53% 56% 56% 52%
Doing enough 30% 35% 25% 23% 19% 22% 27% 24% 23% 20% 22%
Doing too much 12% 10% 10% 9% 8% 8% 11% 9% 7% 8% 8%
Don’t know 13% 13% 13% 13% 11% 10% 12% 14% 13% 16% 18%
Base (n) 1,087 1,084 1,079 1,090 1,081 1,083 1,089 1,032 1,027 1,011 1,022
  • Most people think Australia is not doing enough to address climate change (45%), with 12% who think Australia is doing too much to address climate change. Consistent with previous years, 13% don’t know.
  • Fewer people now think Australia is doing enough to address climate change (30% from 35% in January).
  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Not doing enough 45% 41% 49% 47% 46% 44% 64% 27% 64% 40%
Doing enough 30% 32% 27% 26% 28% 34% 19% 47% 20% 22%
Doing too much 12% 17% 7% 10% 12% 13% 6% 16% 11% 24%
Don’t know 13% 9% 16% 16% 14% 9% 12% 10% 5% 14%
Base (n) 1,087 527 560 328 374 385 378 407 98 102
  • Greens and Labor voters are now both the most likely to think Australia is not doing enough to address climate change (64% respectively). Labor voters are more likely to think the country is not doing enough compered to earlier in the year (56% in January).
  • Compared to other voters, Coalition voters are the most likely to think enough is being done (47%), and those voting for minor or independent parties are the most likely to think Australia is doing too much for climate change (24%).
  • Women are more likely to think not enough is being done to address climate change than men (49% to 41% respectively), although men are more likely to think this compared to earlier in the year (36%).

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