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Jun 7, 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
Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity 59% 69% 45% 91% 57% 53% 45% 50% 48% 52% 57% 56% 63%
We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate 28% 18% 42% 6% 35% 34% 36% 39% 39% 36% 29% 32% 27%
Don’t know 13% 13% 12% 3% 9% 13% 19% 12% 13% 12% 14% 12% 10%

59% (down 4% since March) agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 28% (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 65%/19% and those aged 55+ split 48%/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%/23%.

Jun 7, 2016
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Action on climate change

Q. Which of the following actions on climate change would you most support?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Sep 2014 Jul 2015 Sep 2015
Incentives for renewable energy 49%   50% 48% 58% 54%   50% 45% 45%
An emissions trading scheme 13%   15% 11% 24% 9%   12% 14% 11%
The Government’s direct action policy 10%   10% 12% 11% 9%   10% 10% 10%
No action required 12%   7% 15% 19%   11% 11% 12%
Don’t know 17%   17% 13% 7% 9%   17% 20% 22%

In taking action on climate change, 49% most support incentives for renewable energy, 13% most support an emissions trading scheme and 10% most support the Government‘s direct action policy – while 12% say no action is required. This represents little change since this question was asked in September.

All groups are most likely to support incentives for renewable energy.

May 3, 2016
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Climate change policy

Q. The Labor Party recently announced their policy to tackle climate change which includes a target of reducing Australia’s carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 (compared to the Coalition Government’s target of 26-28%) and introducing an emissions trading scheme. Do you approve or disapprove of this policy?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 57% 76% 36% 88% 59%
Total disapprove 21% 6% 44% 2% 23%
Strongly approve 22% 38% 8% 40% 16%
Approve 35% 38% 28% 48% 43%
Disapprove 10% 4% 20% 1% 10%
Strongly disapprove 11% 2% 24% 1% 13%
Don’t know 22% 19% 20% 10% 19%

57% approve of the Labor Party’s carbon emissions policy and 21% disapprove.

Those more likely to approve were Labor voters (76%), Greens voters (88%) and aged 18-34 (70%).

Those more likely to disapprove were Liberal/National voters (44%) and aged 55+ (39%).

Mar 15, 2016
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Climate change

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   Dec 2010 Jun 2011 Oct 2012 Oct 2013 Dec 2014 Nov 2015
Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity 63% 76% 46% 94% 56% 45% 50% 48% 52% 57% 56%
We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate 27% 19% 42% 3% 35% 36% 39% 39% 36% 29% 32%
Don’t know 10% 5% 12% 3% 9% 19% 12% 13% 12% 14% 12%

63% (up 7% since November) agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 27% (down 5%) believe that we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate. This is the highest recorded agreement that climate change is happening and caused by human activity over the last 7 years.

By age groups, those aged under 35 split 70%/18% and those aged 55+ split 48%/46%.

Mar 15, 2016
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Doing enough to address climate change

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   Aug 2015
Doing enough 21%   16% 36% 1% 19%   24%
Not doing enough 57%   71% 38% 98% 57%   53%
Doing too much 8%   5% 12% 18%   7%
Don’t know 13%   9% 14% 1% 5%   16%

57% (up 4% since August) think Australia is not doing enough to address climate change and 21% (down 3%) think Australia is doing enough.

Those most likely to think Australia is not dong enough were aged 18-34 (66%) and university educated (64%).

Nov 24, 2015
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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

 

 

Jun 2011

Oct 2012

Oct 2013

Dec 2014

Mar 2015

Jul 2015

Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity

56%

72%

42%

88%

49%

 

 

50%

48%

52%

57%

54%

56%

We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate

32%

20%

48%

8%

40%

 

 

39%

39%

36%

29%

31%

31%

Don’t know

12%

8%

11%

4%

11%

 

 

12%

13%

12%

14%

15%

12%

56% (no change since July) agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 32% (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 64%/23% and those aged 55+ split 47%/46%. 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%/26%.

Nov 24, 2015
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Taking action on climate change

Q. When it comes to taking action to address climate change, do you think Australia is doing more or less than the following countries?

Climate change caused by human activity

Australia doing more

Australia doing less

Doing about the same

Don’t know

Australia doing more

Australia doing less

Doing about the same

Don’t know

USA

20%

29%

30%

20%

22%

37%

26%

15%

China

41%

21%

18%

20%

41%

27%

16%

15%

European countries

14%

39%

25%

22%

14%

50%

20%

16%

Respondents were more likely to think Australia was doing more (41%) than China to address climate change but more likely to think both USA (29%) and European countries (39%) are doing more than Australia.

Those who believed climate change is happening and caused by human activity were more likely to think Australia was doing less.

Nov 3, 2015
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Action on climate change

Q. In your opinion, do world leaders need to act to prevent the world’s population from being impacted by climate change?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Yes, they need to act now, without delay

49%

60%

36%

83%

43%

Yes, they need to act in the next 12 months

11%

14%

13%

7%

8%

Yes, they need to act in the next 5 years

12%

9%

16%

8%

10%

Yes, they need to act in the next 10 years

5%

3%

6%

7%

No, they don’t need to act

9%

4%

15%

1%

13%

Don’t know

14%

9%

14%

19%

60% think that the world leaders need to act on climate change now or in the next 12 months.

Those most likely to support action within the next 12 months were Greens voters (90%) Labor voters (74%), aged under 35 (67%) and university educated (71%).

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