Essential Report

Credibility of Scientists

Jun 20, 2011

Q. Do you agree or disagree that the current public campaign against action on climate change in Australia is undermining the credibility of scientists and science research in general?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total agree 32% 43% 26% 44%
Total disagree 23% 14% 29% 31%
Strongly agree 12% 15% 10% 22%
Agree 20% 28% 16% 22%
Neither agree nor disagree 30% 29% 33% 19%
Disagree 15% 10% 18% 21%
Strongly disagree 8% 4% 11% 10%
Don’t know 15% 13% 12% 6%

32% agree that the current public campaign against action on climate change in Australia is undermining the credibility of scientists and science research in general and 23% disagree. 45% either don’t know or neither agree nor disagree.

Those most likely to agree were Labor voters (43%), Greens voters (44%) and those aged 18-34 (39%).

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