Essential Report

Coal vs renewables

Apr 10, 2018

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jul 2015
Governments should prioritise support for the coal industry over the renewable energy industry 13%   13% 19% 3% 15%   6%
Government should prioritise support for the renewable energy industry over the coal industry 37%   46% 29% 67% 26%   50%
The Government should treat both industries equally 35%   29% 46% 22% 48%   28%
Don’t know 15%   12% 7% 8% 12%   15%

 

 

37% (down 13% since July 2015) of respondents agree more with the statement that the Government should prioritise support for the renewable energy industry over the coal industry and only 13% (up 7%)  think they should prioritise coal over renewables. 35% (up 7%) think they should treat both industries equally.

 

Those most likely to think the Government should give priority to renewable energy were Greens voters (67%), Labor voters (46%) and respondents with university education (50%).

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