Climate change

Aug 23, 2016

Q. Do you believe that there is fairly conclusive evidence that climate change is happening and caused by human activity or do you believe that the evidence is still not in and we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate which happens from time to time?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Nov 2009 Dec 2010 Jun 2011 Oct 2012 Oct 2013 Dec 2014 Nov 2015 Mar 2016 Jun 2016
Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity 57%   71% 44% 90% 45%   53% 45% 50% 48% 52% 57% 56% 63% 59%
We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate 26%   16% 38% 5% 36%   34% 36% 39% 39% 36% 29% 32% 27% 28%
Don’t know 17%   13% 17% 5% 19%   13% 19% 12% 13% 12% 14% 12% 10% 13%

57% (down 2% since June) agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 26% (down 2%) believe that we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate.

By age groups, those aged under 35 split 70%/13% and those aged 55+ split 45%/40%. People with higher education were more likely to think climate change is happening and is caused by human activity – those with university degrees split 64%/21%.

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