Essential Report

Cause of black outs

Feb 21, 2017

Q. Some people have said recent power black outs are a result of too much reliance on renewable energy. Others have said they have occurred because of failures in the way the energy market responds to extreme weather events (i.e. storms and high temperatures) or that privatization of services is the problem. Which is closest to your view?

 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
The power black outs are the result of too much reliance on renewable energy 16%   13% 26% 4% 17%
The power black outs are due mainly to failures of the energy market in responding to extreme weather events 45%   45% 45% 64% 38%
The power black outs are due mainly to the privatization of electricity supply 19%   24% 13% 22% 25%
Don’t know 20%   18% 15% 10% 20%

 

45% believe that recent blackouts are due mainly to failures of the energy market in responding to extreme weather events, 19% think they are mainly due to privatization of electricity supply and 16% think they are a result of too much reliance on renewable energy.

26% of Liberal National voters think they are due to a reliance on renewable energy.

51% of those with university education think they are due mainly to failures of the energy market.

Although a small sample, 36% of South Australians think they are due to privatization.

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