Essential Report

Phasing out Australia’s Coal Industry

Jul 6, 2011

Q. Do you agree or disagree that Australia’s coal industry should be phased out by 2050? (This question is commissioned by Network Ten).

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Men Women Age

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
Total agree 37% 47% 26% 66% 41% 34% 40% 37% 35%
Total disagree 39% 28% 53% 20% 44% 33% 33% 35% 51%
Strongly agree 13% 19% 7% 36% 17% 10% 13% 14% 13%
Agree 24% 28% 19% 30% 24% 24% 27% 23% 22%
Disagree 26% 23% 32% 12% 29% 22% 25% 24% 30%
Strongly disagree 13% 5% 21% 8% 15% 11% 8% 11% 21%
Don’t know 24% 24% 21% 14% 15% 33% 27% 28% 14%

Respondents were nearly evenly split over whether Australia’s coal industry should be phased out by 2050 – 37% agreed and 39% disagreed.

Highest levels of agreement were shown by Greens voters (66%), Labor voters (47%) and those aged under 35 (40%)

Highest levels of disagreement were shown by Liberal/National voters (53%) and those aged 55+ (51%).

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