Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
|Total agree||Total disagree||Strongly agree||Agree||Disagree||Strongly disagree||Don’t know|
|The government should fund up to $5bn to build new coal plants or extend the life of existing ones||40%||38%||14%||26%||20%||18%||23%|
|Coal fired power is cheaper than power generated by renewables||47%||24%||14%||33%||15%||9%||29%|
|The government should hold an inquiry into power prices and anti-competitive conduct by power companies||80%||9%||42%||38%||7%||2%||11%|
|Privately owned power companies should be returned to public ownership||63%||17%||30%||33%||14%||3%||21%|
|Burning of coal increases CO2 emissions which leads to climate change||61%||21%||26%||35%||13%||8%||18%|
|Further expanding coal mining and exports would undermine global efforts to address climate change||55%||24%||23%||32%||15%||9%||21%|
A substantial majority agree that there should be an inquiry into power prices and energy companies (80% agree), power companies should be returned to public ownership (63%) and burning coal leads to climate change (61%).
Nearly half (47%) believed that coal-fired power is cheaper than renewables and respondents were split over whether the Government should fund coal plants.
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