Essential Report

Carbon pricing

Oct 1, 2013

Q. Do you support or oppose the previous Labor Government’s carbon pricing scheme which was introduced in July 2012 and requires industries to pay a tax based on the amount of carbon pollution they emit?

 

7 Mar 2011

14 June

19 Sep

21 Nov

25 Jun 2012

2 Oct

29 Jan 2013

27 May

 

Total

1 Oct

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total support

35%

38%

37%

38%

35%

38%

37%

43%

39%

65%

14%

86%

Total oppose

48%

49%

52%

53%

54%

48%

50%

43%

47%

21%

76%

9%

Strongly support

9%

13%

14%

14%

14%

12%

11%

15%

15%

28%

2%

47%

Support

26%

25%

23%

24%

21%

26%

26%

28%

24%

37%

12%

39%

Oppose

19%

19%

17%

17%

19%

22%

22%

20%

23%

14%

35%

7%

Strongly oppose

29%

30%

35%

36%

35%

26%

28%

23%

24%

7%

41%

2%

Don’t know

18%

13%

12%

10%

11%

14%

12%

13%

15%

15%

10%

4%

Support for carbon pricing has dropped since the last time the question was polled in May. Support is down four points to 39% and opposition up four points to 47%.

Looking at the results by voting intention, Labor voters (65%) and Greens voters (86%) were the most likely to support carbon pricing, whereas 76% of Coalition voters oppose it.

Younger respondents were more likely to support carbon pricing than older respondents – for those aged under 35, 47% support and 34% oppose while 64% of those aged 55+ oppose and 29% support.

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