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Sep 22, 2015
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

Incentives for renewable energy

45%

47%

41%

60%

58%

50%

45%

An emissions trading scheme

11%

18%

7%

23%

2%

12%

14%

The Government’s direct action policy

10%

9%

12%

6%

8%

10%

10%

No action required

12%

7%

19%

1%

15%

11%

11%

Don’t know

22%

18%

21%

10%

16%

17%

20%

In taking action on climate change, 45% most support incentives for renewable energy, 11% 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 July.

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

Aug 18, 2015
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
Doing enough 24% 16% 42% 4% 16%
Not doing enough 53% 69% 35% 91% 61%
Doing too much 7% 4% 8% 3% 13%
Don’t know 16% 11% 16% 3% 10%

53% think Australia is not doing enough to address climate change and 24% think Australia is doing enough.

Those most likely to think Australia is not dong enough were aged 18-34 (63%) and university educated (62%).

Jul 14, 2015
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 Lab Vote Lib/ Nat Vote GRN Vote other   Nov 2009 Dec 2010 Jun 2011 Oct 2012 Oct 2013 Dec 2014 Mar 2015
Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity 56% 70% 40% 95% 43% 53% 45% 50% 48% 52% 57% 54%
We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate 31% 20% 50% 5% 42% 34% 36% 39% 39% 36% 29% 31%
Don’t know 12% 10% 10% 15% 13% 19% 12% 13% 12% 14% 15%

56% (up 2% since March) agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 31% (no change) believe that we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate. This is the second highest belief in climate change recorded over the last 6 years.

By age groups, those aged under 35 split 63%/21% and those aged 55+ split 47%/45%. People with higher education were more likely to think climate change is happening and is caused by human activity – those with university degrees split 68%/22%.

Jul 14, 2015
Essential Research

Countries doing enough on climate change

Q. As far as you know, do you think the following countries are doing enough, not enough or too much to address climate change?

  Doing enough Not doing enough Doing too much Don’t know   Doing enough

Dec 2014

Not doing enough Dec 2014
Australia 28% 53% 6% 14% 26% 51%
USA 18% 57% 3% 23% 17% 53%
China 11% 69% 1% 19% 9% 63%

53% of respondents think Australia is not doing enough to address climate change – while 57% think the USA is not doing enough and 69% think China is not doing enough. Only 28% think that Australia is doing enough.

Those most likely to think Australia is not doing enough were aged 18-34 (60%), Greens voters (95%), Labor voters (69%) and people with university education (65%).

May 26, 2015
Essential Research

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/ Indep- endent

Yes, they need to act now, without delay

45%

56%

27%

79%

42%

Yes, they need to act in the next 12 months

10%

15%

10%

4%

7%

Yes, they need to act in the next 5 years

10%

9%

13%

4%

11%

Yes, they need to act in the next 10 years

4%

4%

6%

1%

4%

No, they don’t need to act

15%

6%

28%

5%

23%

Don’t know

16%

11%

16%

6%

14%

A majority (55%) think that world leaders need to act on climate change now or in the next 12 months. 14% think they need to act within the next 5- 10 years and 15% think they do not need to act at all.

While 71% of Labor voters think they need to act now or within the next 12 months, only 37% of Liberal/National voters agree.

Mar 24, 2015
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 09

Dec 10

Jun 11

Oct 12

Oct 13

Dec 14

Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity

54%

67%

37%

84%

38%

53%

45%

50%

48%

52%

57%

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

31%

22%

49%

11%

45%

34%

36%

39%

39%

36%

29%

Don’t know

15%

11%

14%

5%

17%

13%

19%

12%

13%

12%

14%

54% (down 3% since December) agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 31% (up 2%) believe that we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate. Although this is a fall in belief in climate change since December, it is still the second highest recorded over the last 6 years.

By age groups, those aged under 35 split 62%/20% and those aged 55+ split 39%/51%. People with higher education were more likely to think climate change is happening and is caused by human activity – those with university degrees split 62%/25%.

Mar 24, 2015
Essential Research

Concern about climate change

Q. Over the last 2 years, have you become more concerned or less concerned about the environmental effects of global warming or do you feel about the same as you did 2 years ago?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Sep 14

Dec 14

Total more concerned

52%

63%

41%

76%

36%

52%

51%

Total less concerned

8%

6%

11%

7%

11%

9%

9%

Much more concerned

19%

24%

10%

46%

13%

22%

21%

A little more concerned

33%

39%

31%

30%

23%

30%

30%

About the same

37%

30%

45%

17%

49%

35%

35%

A little less concerned

5%

4%

7%

3%

4%

6%

6%

Much less concerned

3%

2%

4%

4%

7%

3%

3%

Don’t know

5%

2%

3%

4%

4%

5%

52% say they have become more concerned about the environmental effects of global warming over the last two years and 8% have become less concerned – 37% feel about the same.

These results are very similar to those when this question was asked in December.

Those most likely to have become more concerned were Labor voters (63%), Greens voters (76%) and people with university degrees (58%).

Mar 24, 2015
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 14

Incentives for renewable energy

45%

49%

44%

46%

57%

50%

An emissions trading scheme

14%

19%

9%

27%

5%

12%

The Government’s direct action policy

10%

9%

11%

11%

7%

10%

No action required

11%

6%

18%

2%

21%

11%

Don’t know

20%

17%

18%

15%

9%

17%

In taking action on climate change, 45% most support incentives for renewable energy, 14% most support an emissions trading scheme and 10% most support the Government‘s direct action policy – while 11% say no action is required. This represents a drop in support for incentives for renewable energy since this question was asked in September.

All groups are most likely to support incentives for renewable energy. Those more likely to support an emissions trading scheme were aged 18-24 (26%) and Greens voters (27%).

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