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Sep 19, 2011
Essential Research

Support for Carbon Pricing Scheme with compensation and investment in renewables

Q. Would you support or oppose this carbon pricing scheme if the money paid by big polluting industries was used to compensate low and middle income earners for increased prices and to invest in renewable energy?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 50% 77% 27% 84%
Total oppose 37% 12% 61% 9%
Strongly support 20% 41% 4% 40%
Support 30% 36% 23% 44%
Oppose 15% 8% 23% 4%
Strongly oppose 22% 4% 38% 5%
Don’t know 13% 10% 11% 7%

Total support for the carbon pricing scheme rose sharply by 13 points to 50% when respondents were asked whether they supported the scheme if the money paid by big polluting industries was used to compensate low and middle income earners and to invest in renewable energy.

Conversely, total opposition for the scheme fell by 13% to 37% total opposed.

The reference to compensation and investment in renewables has the effect of shifting total support up by 10% amongst Labor voters (77%), up 14% amongst Lib/Nat voters and up 8% amongst Green voters.

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Sep 28, 2021
Essential Research

Preferred energy sources for government support

Q. As you may be aware, many of Australia’s coal-fired power stations are reaching the end of their operational lives and will soon need to be replaced.

Which of the following would you prefer that the government supported?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Liberal + National Greens TOTAL: Other
Renewable energy solutions (e.g. wind and solar) 65% 52% 77% 61% 72% 60% 76% 51% 79% 54%
New nuclear power stations 19% 28% 10% 17% 15% 25% 12% 28% 11% 19%
New coal-fired power stations 8% 8% 9% 11% 8% 7% 5% 11% 3% 14%
New gas-fired power stations 8% 12% 4% 11% 5% 8% 7% 9% 7% 12%
Base (n) 1,094 539 555 341 368 385 366 397 101 130
  • Renewable energy is the preferred power for the future for the majority of Australians (65%).
  • One in five (20%) say they want the government to prioritise support for nuclear power.
  • Fossil fuels receive little support – with just 8% wanting government support for coal or gas.
  • The majority of all demographics want the government to prioritise support for renewables.
Aug 17, 2021
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Support for government actions to combat IPCC report-listed climate threats

Q. To what extent would you support or oppose the following government actions?

  TOTAL: Support TOTAL: Oppose Strongly support Somewhat support Neither support nor oppose Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose
Provide greater funding for rooftop solar and household battery storage 70% 7% 41% 29% 23% 4% 3%
Introduce a levy to high carbon-emitting industries to encourage them to switch to renewable sources 63% 13% 34% 29% 24% 7% 6%
Set a nationwide ‘net zero’ carbon emissions target for 2030 61% 13% 33% 29% 25% 7% 6%
Plan for the closure of all fossil fuel-burning power stations, and transition to renewables and battery storage by 2030 61% 14% 32% 29% 25% 7% 7%
Stop public funding of all coal and gas mining in Australia 53% 17% 29% 23% 31% 9% 8%
Phase out new petrol cars by 2030 47% 24% 22% 24% 30% 12% 11%
  • The majority of people would support the introduction of many of the changes to policy listed. 70% support greater government funding for installation of rooftop solar panels and household battery storage, and 63% support the introduction of a levy to high carbon-emitting industries.
  • 61% of people support both setting a nationwide ‘net zero’ carbon emission target for 2030, and the closure of all fossil fuel-burning power stations, and transition to renewables and battery storage by 2030. Just over half (53%) support the end of public funding for coal and gas mining in Australia.
  • 47% are in favour of the phase-out of new petrol cars by 2030.
TOTAL: Support Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Provide greater funding for rooftop solar and household battery storage 70% 70% 71% 65% 73% 72% 75% 68% 85% 66%
Introduce a levy to high carbon-emitting industries to encourage them to switch to renewable sources 63% 59% 66% 61% 68% 58% 72% 55% 82% 50%
Set a nationwide ‘net zero’ carbon emissions target for 2030 61% 61% 62% 64% 66% 55% 70% 54% 85% 50%
Plan for the closure of all fossil fuel-burning power stations, and transition to renewables and battery storage by 2030 61% 60% 62% 66% 64% 54% 72% 52% 82% 53%
Stop public funding of all coal and gas mining in Australia 53% 54% 52% 56% 58% 44% 63% 43% 76% 39%
Phase out new petrol cars by 2030 47% 48% 45% 53% 51% 36% 51% 42% 76% 37%
Base (n) 1,100 538 562 341 374 385 376 384 116 122
  • Those aged 18-34 have higher support than those aged over 55 for all measures, except greater funding for rooftop solar and household battery storage.
  • Coalition voters and those voting for a minor party or independent candidate have the lowest support for the introduction of all these measures. Labor and Greens voters are the most likely to support all measures.
May 11, 2021
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Most important areas for increased funding

Q. How important to you is it that each of the following areas receives increased funding in the upcoming Federal Budget?

  TOTAL: Very important / Important Quite important TOTAL:  Not very important / Not at all important
Improving the quality of aged care 74% 20% 6%
Services and facilities to improve women’s safety 60% 30% 10%
Promoting the local manufacture of Covid-19 vaccines 59% 27% 14%
Incentives and support for small businesses 57% 34% 9%
Early childhood education and care 55% 28% 18%
Energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables 51% 31% 19%
Reducing the national deficit 48% 34% 18%
  • Improving the quality of aged care is seen by the majority of Australians to be an important / very important area to receive increased funding in the upcoming Federal Budget (74%). Services and facilities to improve women’s safety (60%) comes next, closely followed by promoting the local manufacture of Covid-19 vaccines (59%).
  • Reducing the national deficit (48%) and funding for the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables (51%) are seen as the least important areas for funding.
TOTAL: Very important / Important Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other TOTAL:

Labor, Greens, Other

Improving the quality of aged care 74% 77% 74% 78% 76% 77%
Services and facilities to improve women’s safety 60% 63% 58% 72% 62% 64%
Promoting the local manufacture of Covid-19 vaccines 59% 61% 65% 56% 54% 59%
Incentives and support for small businesses 57% 52% 64% 58% 53% 53%
Early childhood education and care 55% 60% 51% 58% 54% 59%
Energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables 51% 53% 46% 74% 49% 56%
Reducing the national deficit 48% 43% 58% 35% 48% 43%
Base (n) 1,092 371 400 109 111 591
  • Compared to all other voters, Coalition voters are more likely to think incentives and support for small businesses is an important / very important area for increased funding (53% to 64% respectively), however they are less likely to think the same for early childhood education and care (59% to 51% respectively).
  • Coalition voters are more likely to see reducing the national deficit as an important area for increased funding compared to all other voters (58% to 43% respectively).
Sep 22, 2020
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Priorities for upcoming Federal Budget

Q. From the options below, which of the following initiatives should the government prioritise in the upcoming Federal Budget in October?

Please select your top three choices with 1 being the top priority, 2 being the second top priority and 3 being the third top priority.

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
TOTAL: TOP 3 Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Liberal + National Greens TOTAL: Other
Build more affordable housing 60% 57% 64% 60% 57% 64% 66% 54% 61% 56%
Invest in renewable energy projects 52% 53% 50% 45% 52% 56% 48% 51% 66% 54%
Invest in large-scale infrastructure projects (e.g. roads, transport networks, ports etc.) 48% 51% 45% 37% 47% 58% 41% 59% 26% 55%
Extend JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments at current rate 47% 47% 47% 52% 45% 45% 52% 39% 61% 44%
Directly fund jobs in aged care 41% 36% 46% 35% 37% 51% 41% 41% 35% 44%
Establish a universally accessible early learning system 27% 29% 25% 38% 31% 13% 29% 24% 33% 27%
Fast-track tax cuts for higher income earners 25% 28% 23% 33% 31% 13% 22% 31% 20% 21%
Base (n) 1,081 539 542 338 374 369 298 460 115 104
  • Building more affordable houses was the most selected issue, with 60% rating this as a Top 3 priority for the Government in the next budget. Investing in renewable energy (52%), investment in large-scale infrastructure (48%) and the extension of JobKeeper and JobKeeper (47%) also rated highly.
  • Fast-tracking tax cuts was considered a Top 3 priority for 25% of people.
  • Coalition voters were more likely to select investment in renewable energy (51%) than the fast-tracking of tax cuts for higher income earners (31%) as a priority issue. Investment in large-scale infrastructure (59%), build affordable housing (54%) and investment in renewables (51%) were the most selected priorities among Coalition voters.
Sep 22, 2020
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Preferred energy sources for Government support

Q. As you may be aware, many of Australia’s coal-fired power stations are reaching the end of their operational lives and will soon need to be replaced.

Which of the following would you prefer that the government supported?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Liberal + National Greens TOTAL: Other
New coal-fired power stations 15% 19% 11% 15% 14% 15% 10% 20% 11% 24%
New gas-fired power stations 15% 21% 10% 13% 13% 19% 12% 20% 11% 13%
Renewable energy solutions (e.g. wind and solar) 70% 60% 79% 72% 73% 66% 78% 60% 78% 63%
Base (n) 1,081 539 542 338 374 369 298 460 115 104
  • The vast majority of people would prefer the Government supported renewable energy solutions ahead of coal or gas powered plants.
  • 70% of people opted for renewable power, with just 15% each selecting gas and coal powered stations.
  • The preference for renewables was across all gender, age and voting demographics.
  • Those most supportive of renewable energy sources include women (79%), Labor voters (78%) and Greens voters (78%).The highest support for coal-fired power stations was among Coalition voters (20%), residents of NSW (20%) and people living in regional areas.
Mar 10, 2020
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Government spending on energy sources

Q To what extent would you support or oppose the Government spending taxpayers’ money to research the following energy sources?

  NET: Support NET: Oppose Strongly support Somewhat support Neither support nor oppose Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose
Renewables (such as large-scale solar or wind farms) 71% 12% 45% 27% 16% 7% 5%
Hydrogen technology 57% 10% 24% 33% 32% 7% 3%
Clean coal 50% 23% 20% 29% 28% 11% 11%
Nuclear 38% 35% 17% 21% 27% 15% 20%

 

    Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention Location
NET: Support Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other Capital City Non-Capital City
Renewables (such as large-

scale solar or wind farms)

71% 71% 72% 74% 69% 72% 78% 66% 95% 63% 74% 67%
Hydrogen technology 57% 65% 51% 53% 52% 66% 58% 61% 63% 54% 59% 53%
Clean coal 50% 50% 50% 49% 44% 56% 43% 64% 28% 48% 51% 47%
Nuclear 38% 47% 30% 32% 34% 47% 34% 50% 25% 37% 39% 36%
  • 71% of participants support the Government spending taxpayers’ money to research renewables, compared to 50% support for clean coal.
  • Support for research into renewables is higher in capital cities (74%) than non-capital cities (67%), and higher among Greens voters (95%) than all other voters (63%).
  • Coalition voters are most likely to support research into clean coal (64%) and nuclear power (50%) whereas Greens voters are least likely to support those energy sources (28% and 25% respectively).
  • Men tend to support research into hydrogen technology (65%) and nuclear (47%) more than women (51% and 30% respectively).
  • Participants over 55 years are more likely to support research into hydrogen technology (66%), clean coal (56%) or nuclear (47%) than those aged 18-54 (52%, 46% and 33% respectively).
May 7, 2019
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Views on Labor Policies

Q. Here are some policies proposed by Labor. To what extent do you oppose or support each? NET: Strongly/Somewhat support   

  Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal / National Vote Greens NET: Vote Other
Extend Medicare to cover cancer and aged dental treatment 76% 83% 68% 85% 82%
Waive up-front fees for 100,000 students to enable them to attend TAFE 60% 73% 50% 70% 57%
Have a target for at least 50% of Australia’s energy to be generated from renewables by 2030 58% 75% 42% 80% 54%
Reverse cuts to penalty rates 50% 66% 36% 60% 49%
Introduce a mechanism for First Nations people to have a greater say in policy issues that impact on their lives to parliament, often referred to as an indigenous voice 43% 55% 31% 65% 37%
Reduce tax concessions for investors and self-funded retirees 39% 54% 26% 49% 36%
  • Over three-quarters of people support the Labor policy to ‘Extend Medicare to cover cancer and aged dental treatment’. This was the most supported policy among Labor (83% support), Liberal/National (68%), Greens (85%) and other party/candidate (82%) voters.
  • All Labor policies received majority support among Labor voters.
  • The policy to ‘Reduce tax concessions for investors and self-funded retirees’ had the lowest support overall, with 39%. 32% of people opposed this policy.
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