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Jun 27, 2017
Essential Research

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
Essential Research

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
Essential Research

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
Essential Research

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
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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
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.

Jun 7, 2016
Essential Research

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
Essential Research

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.

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