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Outcomes of COP26 – Global and local impact

Nov 9, 2021

Q. How confident are you that the UN climate summit (COP26) will result in meaningful changes to address climate change and reduce emissions globally and locally (in Australia)? GLOBALLY

Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very confident 9% 10% 8% 15% 8% 4% 8% 10% 4% 11%
Fairly confident 27% 26% 28% 30% 34% 17% 31% 29% 32% 12%
Not that confident 34% 32% 36% 32% 29% 41% 39% 32% 32% 37%
Not confident at all 18% 23% 13% 10% 16% 27% 13% 19% 22% 29%
Unsure 13% 9% 16% 13% 13% 11% 9% 9% 10% 10%
TOTAL: Confident 35% 36% 35% 45% 43% 20% 39% 39% 36% 24%
TOTAL: Not confident 52% 55% 49% 42% 44% 68% 52% 51% 55% 66%
Base (n) 1,089 534 555 336 374 379 354 401 106 125

 

Q. How confident are you that the UN climate summit (COP26) will result in meaningful changes to address climate change and reduce emissions globally and locally (in Australia)? LOCALLY

Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Very confident 9% 11% 8% 14% 10% 5% 11% 12% 4% 6%
Fairly confident 28% 28% 27% 31% 32% 22% 24% 38% 17% 27%
Not that confident 30% 26% 33% 28% 25% 36% 34% 27% 30% 25%
Not confident at all 22% 26% 19% 14% 22% 30% 23% 15% 41% 34%
Unsure 11% 8% 13% 13% 11% 9% 9% 8% 8% 8%
TOTAL: Confident 37% 40% 35% 45% 42% 26% 35% 50% 21% 32%
TOTAL: Not confident 52% 52% 52% 42% 47% 65% 56% 42% 72% 59%
Base (n) 1,089 534 555 336 374 379 354 401 106 125
  • Around half of people are not confident that the COP26 summit will result in meaningful change – either globally or locally (both 52%).
  • Those aged over 55 have less confidence in change due to COP26 (68% not confident in global change, 68% not confident in global change, 65% not confident in local change).
  • People voting for the Greens are more confident that COP26 with result in global change than local change (36% to 21%).

Attitudes to climate change and COP26

Nov 9, 2021

Q. The UN climate summit (COP26) started on October 31 in Glasgow, Scotland. During the summit, world leaders are expected to develop the next emissions standards to slow global warming and keep temperature rise below 1.5C.

Australia is one of 200 countries expected to outline their emissions reduction goals for 2030.

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

TOTAL: Agree 08/11 11/10
Australian businesses have the opportunity to develop expertise in renewable energy and innovative technologies that other countries will demand 71% 64%
Australian manufacturing could benefit from cheap electricity if more solar and wind farms were built 69% 63%
Australia cannot afford to be locked out of the EU or other trade markets for failing to adopt a net zero emissions by 2050 target 66% 57%
Australia needs to follow other countries’ lead and make climate change a priority, or risk being left behind 65% 57%

 

  TOTAL:

Agree

TOTAL:

Disagree

Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Australian businesses have the opportunity to develop expertise in renewable energy and innovative technologies that other countries will demand 71% 6% 35% 35% 23% 4% 2%
Australian manufacturing could benefit from cheap electricity if more solar and wind farms were built 69% 9% 37% 33% 21% 5% 5%
Australia cannot afford to be locked out of the EU or other trade markets for failing to adopt a net zero emissions by 2050 target 66% 8% 33% 33% 25% 5% 3%
Australia needs to follow other countries’ lead and make climate change a priority, or risk being left behind 65% 12% 34% 32% 23% 7% 5%

 

TOTAL: Agree Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Australian businesses have the opportunity to develop expertise in renewable energy and innovative technologies that other countries will demand 71% 70% 72% 59% 70% 81% 75% 74% 75% 64%
Australian manufacturing could benefit from cheap electricity if more solar and wind farms were built 69% 66% 73% 62% 72% 74% 76% 70% 77% 55%
Australia cannot afford to be locked out of the EU or other trade markets for failing to adopt a net zero emissions by 2050 target 66% 63% 69% 57% 66% 74% 71% 66% 76% 60%
Australia needs to follow other countries’ lead and make climate change a priority, or risk being left behind 65% 63% 67% 58% 70% 66% 71% 66% 79% 50%
Base (n) 1,089 534 555 336 374 379 354 401 106 125
  • Since the exposure of COP26, more people are engaged with both the opportunities and threats from the country not acting on climate change and reducing emissions.
  • 71% now agree that Australian businesses have the opportunity to develop expertise in renewable energy and innovative technologies that other countries will demand, up from 64% last month. Similarly, agreement that Australian manufacturing could benefit from cheap electricity if more solar and wind farms were built has increased from 63% to 69%.
  • At the same time, agreement with the risks of not acting have increased. 66% agree that Australia cannot afford to be locked out of the EU or other trade markets for failing to adopt a net zero emissions by 2050 target (up from 57% before the summit) and 65% agree that Australia needs to follow other countries’ lead and make climate change a priority, or risk being left behind.
  • Those voting Labor and Greens are more likely than those voting Coalition or other to agree with the risks of not acting on climate change.

Federal voting intention

Oct 28, 2021

Q. If a federal election was held tomorrow, to which party would you give your first preference vote in the House of Representatives (Lower House)?

[If don’t know] Well which party are you currently leaning towards?

This week

25/10

Two weeks ago

11/10

27/09 13/09 30/08 16/08 02/08 19/07 05/07
Liberal / Liberal Nationals / Country Liberals 35% 34% 35% 35% 35% 35% 35% 34% 35%
Nationals 2% 3% 3% 3% 3% 2% 3% 3% 2%
Total: Coalition 37% 36% 38% 38% 38% 37% 38% 37% 37%
Labor 36% 34% 36% 34% 36% 36% 35% 36% 36%
Greens 10% 9% 9% 8% 10% 9% 9% 10% 8%
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 3% 4% 3% 4% 4% 3% 4% 4% 4%
Other/Independent 8% 8% 6% 8% 6% 6% 6% 6% 5%
Undecided 6% 9% 6% 8% 7% 8% 8% 8% 8%
     
2 Party Preferred (2PP+)    
TOTAL: Coalition 44% 45% 46% 46% 45% 45% 45% 45% 44%
Labor 49% 46% 48% 46% 48% 47% 47% 47% 48%
Undecided 6% 9% 6% 8% 7% 8% 8% 8% 8%

 

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