Essential Report

Preferred energy sources for government support

Sep 28, 2021

Q. As you may be aware, many of Australia’s coal-fired power stations are reaching the end of their operational lives and will soon need to be replaced.

Which of the following would you prefer that the government supported?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Liberal + National Greens TOTAL: Other
Renewable energy solutions (e.g. wind and solar) 65% 52% 77% 61% 72% 60% 76% 51% 79% 54%
New nuclear power stations 19% 28% 10% 17% 15% 25% 12% 28% 11% 19%
New coal-fired power stations 8% 8% 9% 11% 8% 7% 5% 11% 3% 14%
New gas-fired power stations 8% 12% 4% 11% 5% 8% 7% 9% 7% 12%
Base (n) 1,094 539 555 341 368 385 366 397 101 130
  • Renewable energy is the preferred power for the future for the majority of Australians (65%).
  • One in five (20%) say they want the government to prioritise support for nuclear power.
  • Fossil fuels receive little support – with just 8% wanting government support for coal or gas.
  • The majority of all demographics want the government to prioritise support for renewables.

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