Essential Report

Reasons for SA Power Blackout

Oct 11, 2016

Q. Some people have said the recent power black out in South Australia was a result of too much reliance on renewable energy. Others have said that the storm damage would have shut down the power grid regardless of how the electricity was produced. Which is closest to your view?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
The power black out was a result of too much reliance on renewable energy 17%   13% 25% 13% 17%
The power black out would have occurred regardless of how the electricity was produced 60%   67% 51% 74% 60%
Don’t know 24%   20% 23% 13% 23%

60% believe the SA power black out would have occurred regardless of how the electricity was produced and 17% think it was a result of too much reliance on renewable energy.

Liberal National voters were a little more likely to think it was a result of over-reliance on renewable energy (25%). There were no significant differences by age or gender. Although a small sample, 72% of South Australians thought it would have occurred regardless and 15% thought it was a result of over-reliance on renewable energy.

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