Essential Report

Agreement with need for Australia to act on climate change

Jun 22, 2021

Q. Scott Morrison recently attended the G7 summit in the UK along with other world leaders from Japan, France and US, among others.

Climate change was one of the main issues on the agenda. Each G7 nation has signed up to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 but Australia is yet to do so.

Meanwhile, the European Union has proposed introducing carbon tariffs on products from countries which are not ambitious enough on climate change to force action on cutting emissions.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  TOTAL: Agree TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Australia needs to follow other countries’ lead and make climate change a priority, or risk being left behind 59% 15% 31% 28% 25% 9% 6%
Australian businesses have the opportunity to develop expertise in renewable energy and innovative technologies that other countries will demand 67% 8% 32% 35% 25% 6% 3%
Australian manufacturing could benefit from cheap electricity if more solar and wind farms were built 65% 10% 34% 31% 25% 6% 4%
Australia cannot afford to be locked out of the EU or other trade markets for failing to adopt a net zero emissions target by 2050 59% 11% 30% 29% 29% 8% 4%

 

TOTAL: Agree Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Australia needs to follow other countries’ lead and make climate change a priority, or risk being left behind 59% 56% 62% 57% 61% 59% 74% 50% 70% 49%
Australian businesses have the opportunity to develop expertise in renewable energy and innovative technologies that other countries will demand 67% 66% 67% 57% 67% 74% 73% 68% 71% 60%
Australian manufacturing could benefit from cheap electricity if more solar and wind farms were built 65% 62% 67% 62% 66% 66% 75% 59% 75% 55%
Australia cannot afford to be locked out of the EU or other trade markets for failing to adopt a net zero emissions target by 2050 59% 60% 58% 54% 59% 64% 69% 55% 66% 53%
Base (n) 1,087 527 560 328 374 385 378 407 98 102
  • 67% agree that Australian businesses have the opportunity to develop expertise in renewable energy and innovative technologies that other countries will demand, and 65% agree that Australian manufacturing could benefit from cheap electricity if more solar and wind farms were built. Agreement with these statements is high across all gender, age groups and party lines measured.
  • 59% respectively agree that Australia needs to follow other countries’ lead and make climate change a priority, or risk being left behind, and Australia cannot afford to be locked out of the EU or other trade markets for failing to adopt a net zero emissions target by 2050. Agreement with these statements is lowest among Coalition voters and minor or independent party voters.

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