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Sep 19, 2017
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Doing enough to address climate change

Q. As far as you know, do you think Australia is doing enough, not enough or too much to address climate change?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Climate change is happen-ing   Aug 2015 Mar 2016 Aug 2016 Dec 2016
Doing enough 20%   17% 30% 4% 21%   15%   24% 21% 22% 22%
Not doing enough 56%   69% 42% 89% 48%   75%   53% 57% 52% 49%
Doing too much 8%   2% 13% 1% 18%   2%   7% 8% 8% 11%
Don’t know 16%   12% 15% 6% 14%   8%   16% 13% 18% 18%

 

56% (up 7% since December) think Australia is not doing enough to address climate change and 20% (down 2%) think Australia is doing enough.

 

Those most likely to think Australia is not doing enough were aged 18-34 (60%) and university educated (62%).

 

Of those who believe climate change is happening, 75% think Australia is not doing enough.

Jul 25, 2017
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Addressing climate change

Q. To address climate change, would you support or oppose setting a clean energy target (CET) which means that a set percentage of energy would have to be generated from clean sources (e.g. wind, solar, etc.)?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Total support 64%   73% 61% 87% 50%
Total oppose 10%   4% 16% 3% 10%
Strongly support 30%   35% 25% 56% 23%
Support 34%   38% 36% 31% 27%
Neither support nor oppose 18%   18% 19% 7% 23%
Oppose 3%   <1% 6% 1% 4%
Strongly oppose 7%   3% 10% 2% 6%
Don’t know 8%   6% 4% 2% 6%


Q. To address climate change, would you support or oppose establishing an emissions intensity scheme (EIS) – which means that pollution over a certain level would be taxed?

 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Total support 54%   62% 50% 77% 44%
Total oppose 15%   9% 20% 7% 22%
Strongly support 23%   27% 16% 53% 22%
Support 31%   35% 34% 24% 22%
Neither support nor oppose 21%   20% 21% 12% 26%
Oppose 7%   4% 9% 5% 6%
Strongly oppose 8%   5% 11% 2% 16%
Don’t know 11%   9% 8% 4% 8%

Both policies for addressing climate change were supported by a majority of respondents.

64% support a clean energy target and 54% support an emissions intensity scheme.

10% oppose CET and 15% oppose an EIS.

Those most likely to support a CET were Labor voters (73%), Greens voters (87%), aged 18-24 (72%) and university educated (70%).

Those most likely to oppose a CET were Liberal/National voters (16%) and aged 65+ (25%).

Those most likely to support an EIS were Labor voters (62%), Greens voters (77%) and university educated (62%).

Those most likely to oppose an EIS were Liberal/National voters (20%), other party voters (22%) and aged 65+ (28%).

Jun 27, 2017
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Climate Change and Voting

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:

“Climate change policy is one of the most important issues in determining my vote at Federal elections”

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total agree 40%   51% 31% 77% 24%
Total disagree 30%   24% 37% 6% 51%
Strongly agree 16%   19% 8% 46% 12%
Agree 24%   32% 23% 31% 12%
Neither agree not disagree 24%   22% 27% 16% 21%
Disagree 14%   13% 19% 4% 16%
Strongly disagree 16%   11% 18% 2% 35%
Don’t know 7%   3% 5% 1% 3%

40% agreed that climate change policy is one of the most important issues for them when determining their vote at a federal election, and 30% disagreed.

The statement was agreed with by a majority of Greens voters (77% agree) and Labor voters (51% agree).

More Liberal/National voters disagreed with the statement than agreed with it (31% agree, 37% disagree), and a majority of independent and other party voters disagreed (51% disagree).

Outside of voting intention, those most likely to agree with the statement were those with a University degree (50% agree), those aged 18-29 (49%) and Victorians (47%). Those most likely to disagree with the statement were those aged 65+ (42% disagree) and Western Australians (40%).

Feb 21, 2017
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Climate change

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 Aug 2016 Dec 2016
Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity 60% 75% 49% 90% 44% 53% 45% 50% 48% 52% 57% 56% 57% 54%
We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate 25% 14% 37% 3% 41% 34% 36% 39% 39% 36% 29% 32% 26% 27%
Don’t know 14% 10% 13% 7% 15% 13% 19% 12% 13% 12% 14% 12% 17% 18%

 

60% (up 6% since December) agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 25% (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%/15% and those aged 55+ split 47%/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 72%/19%.

Dec 6, 2016
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Climate change

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 Aug 2016
Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity 54%   70% 39% 82% 47%   53% 45% 50% 48% 52% 57% 56% 57%
We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate 27%   18% 40% 7% 40%   34% 36% 39% 39% 36% 29% 32% 26%
Don’t know 18%   12% 20% 12% 13%   13% 19% 12% 13% 12% 14% 12% 17%

54% (down 3% since August) agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 27% (up 1%) believe that we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate.

By age groups, those aged under 35 split 60%/19% and those aged 55+ split 47%/42%. People with higher education were more likely to think climate change is happening and is caused by human activity – those with university degrees split 61%/22%.

Dec 6, 2016
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Doing enough to address climate change

Q. As far as you know, do you think Australia is doing enough, not enough or too much to address climate change?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Climate change is happening   Aug 2015 Mar 2016 Aug 2016
Doing enough 22%   16% 35% 4% 26%   15%   24% 21% 22%
Not doing enough 49%   62% 30% 88% 45%   76%   53% 57% 52%
Doing too much 11%   8% 16% 2% 17%   2%   7% 8% 8%
Don’t know 18%   14% 19% 6% 12%   7%   16% 13% 18%

49% (down 3% since August) think Australia is not doing enough to address climate change and 22% (no change) think Australia is doing enough.

Those most likely to think Australia is not doing enough were aged 18-34 (54%) and university educated (54%).

Of those who believe climate change is happening, 76% think Australia is not doing enough.

Aug 23, 2016
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Climate change

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%.

Aug 23, 2016
Essential Research

Doing enough to address climate change

Q. As far as you know, do you think Australia is doing enough, not enough or too much to address climate change?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Climate change is happening   Aug 2015 Mar 2016
Doing enough 22%   15% 36% 5% 23%   11%   24% 21%
Not doing enough 52%   66% 36% 92% 46%   76%   53% 57%
Doing too much 8%   3% 12% 3% 13%   2%   7% 8%
Don’t know 18%   15% 17% 1% 17%   10%   16% 13%

52% (down 5% since March) think Australia is not doing enough to address climate change and 22% (up 1%) think Australia is doing enough.

Those most likely to think Australia is not doing enough were aged 18-34 (65%) and university educated (57%).

Of those who believe climate change is happening, 76% think Australia is not doing enough.

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