Climate Change Policy Proposals

Jan 29, 2020

Q. To what extent would you support or oppose the following policy proposals if they were adopted by the Federal Government?

  NET: Support NET: Oppose Strongly support Somewhat support Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose
Accelerate development of new industries and jobs that are powered by renewable energy 81% 19% 41% 40% 12% 7%
Setting a zero-carbon pollution target for 2050 71% 29% 32% 39% 18% 12%
Requiring mining companies to fund bushfire hazard reduction 68% 32% 25% 43% 21% 11%
Remove taxpayer funded subsidies to the fossil fuel industry 68% 32% 30% 38% 22% 11%
Setting a zero-carbon pollution target for 2030 64% 36% 26% 38% 21% 15%
Ban all political donations from fossil fuel companies 62% 38% 28% 34% 25% 13%
Prevention of new coal mines opening in Australia 62% 38% 27% 35% 23% 16%

 

  Voting Intention
 NET: SUPPORT Total Labor Liberal + National Greens NET: Other
Accelerate development of new industries and jobs that are powered by renewable energy 81% 86% 75% 87% 77%
Setting a zero-carbon pollution target for 2050 71% 81% 56% 89% 62%
Requiring mining companies to fund bushfire hazard reduction 68% 78% 54% 76% 68%
Remove taxpayer funded subsidies to the fossil fuel industry 68% 77% 56% 83% 64%
Setting a zero-carbon pollution target for 2030 64% 77% 47% 87% 52%
Ban all political donations from fossil fuel companies 62% 72% 48% 79% 57%
Prevention of new coal mines opening in Australia 62% 70% 48% 84% 51%
Base (n) 1,080 351 342 110 156
  • 81% of participants support the accelerated development of new industries and jobs that are powered by renewable energy and 71% support a zero-carbon pollution target to be set for 2050.
  • Support for all policies was higher among Labor and greens voters, and lower among Coalition.

Leadership during bushfires

Jan 14, 2020

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of Scott Morrison/Gladys Berejiklian/Daniel Andrews’s handling of the bushfire crisis?

  NET: Approve NET: Disapprove Strongly approve Approve Disapprove Strongly disapprove Don’t know
Scott Morrison

(Asked in all states, n=1,081)

32% 57% 8% 24% 21% 36% 11%
Gladys Berejiklian

(Asked in NSW only, n=333)

55% 22% 14% 43% 14% 9% 22%
Daniel Andrews

(Asked in VIC only, n=275)

58% 20% 14% 44% 13% 7% 22%

 

NET: APPROVE Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition NET: Other
Scott Morrison

(Asked in all states,  n=1,081)

32% 11% 64% 23%
Gladys Berejiklian

(Asked in NSW only, n=333)

55% 54% 71% 40%
Daniel Andrews

(Asked in VIC only, n=333)

58% 67% 63% 37%
  • Around a third (32%) of people approve of Scott Morrison’s handing of the current bushfires crisis, with just 8% strongly approving of his performance. 36% strongly disapprove of his performance.
  • Comparatively, state premiers Berejiklian and Andrews have performed well, with over half of people in each state approving of their handling of the crisis (55% in NSW and 58% in Victoria).
  • The majority of Scott Morrison’s approval is coming from within his own supporter base, with 64% of intended Coalition voters approving of his performance during the crisis. Just 11% of Labor voters and 23% of those voting for another party approve of his performance.

Bushfires Statements

Jan 14, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the current bushfire season in Australia?

  NET: Agree NET: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Unsure
The Prime Minister should have met with experts before the fire season to plan a coordinated response to the risk 79% 13% 57% 22% 9% 4% 8%
The Federal Government was underprepared for the risk of bushfires this season 78% 14% 54% 24% 9% 5% 8%
When there are emergencies, politicians should get out of the way and let the experts do their job 77% 7% 44% 34% 12% 4% 7%
The Prime Minister is right to say Australia has always had bushfires like these 42% 52% 16% 25% 25% 27% 7%
  • 78% of people agree that the Federal Government was underprepared for the risk of bushfires this season.
  • Around half (52%) disagree with the Prime Minister that Australia has always had bushfires like these.

Climate change and bushfires

Nov 26, 2019

Q. Thinking about the bushfires in Queensland and New South Wales, which of the following statements is closest to your view?

Nov’19 Oct’13
It is likely that the bushfires are linked to climate change and it is appropriate to publicly raise this issue 43% 27%
It is likely that the bushfires are linked to climate change but it is inappropriate to publicly raise this issue at this this time 17% 14%
It is unlikely the bushfires are linked to climate change 30% 48%
Don’t know 11% 11%
Base (n) 1,083 1,075

 

  Total Gender Age Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
It is likely that the bushfires are linked to climate change and it is appropriate to publicly raise this issue 43% 39% 46% 54% 41% 35% 53% 31% 73% 30%
It is likely that the bushfires are linked to climate change but it is inappropriate to publicly raise this issue at this this time 17% 22% 12% 22% 17% 13% 19% 20% 7% 13%
It is unlikely the bushfires are linked to climate change 30% 29% 30% 15% 29% 43% 19% 40% 6% 50%
Don’t know 11% 9% 12% 9% 13% 9% 9% 9% 13% 7%
Base (n) 1,083 527 556 329 369 385 342 373 93 162
  •  43% now think It likely that the bushfires are linked to climate change and it is appropriate to publicly raise this issue. When this question was last asked in 2013, 27% gave this answer.
  • The proportion of people who think it is likely that the bushfires are linked to climate change but it is inappropriate to publicly raise this issue at this this time has remained fairly constant. 17% saying this in 2019, and 14% in 2013.
  • Those least likely to think bushfires are linked to climate change and it is appropriate to publicly raise this issue are Coalition (31%) and other minor party and independent voters (31%).

Likelihood of extreme events

Nov 4, 2014

Q. Do you think that, over the next few years, Australia will be more or less likely to experience severe bushfires and extreme weather events like floods and cyclones?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total more likely

63%

72%

49%

86%

65%

Total less likely

1%

1%

*

2%

3%

A lot more likely

33%

41%

19%

61%

31%

A little more likely

30%

31%

30%

25%

34%

About the same

33%

26%

47%

11%

29%

A little less likely

1%

1%

2%

2%

A lot less likely

*

*

1%

Don’t know

4%

1%

4%

1%

4%

 

63% think that sever bushfires and extreme weather events will be more likely over the next few years.

86% of Greens voters and 63% of Labor voters think they will be more likely. However, 47% of Liberal/National voters think they will be neither more likely nor less likely.

68% of women think they will be more likely compared to 56% of men.

Climate change and bushfires

Oct 29, 2013

Q. Thinking about the bushfires in New South Wales, which of the following statements is closest to your view?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

It likely that the bushfires are linked to climate change and it is appropriate to publicly raise this issue

27%

41%

13%

64%

22%

It likely that the bushfires are linked to climate change but it is inappropriate to publicly raise this issue at this time

14%

14%

15%

9%

9%

It is unlikely the bushfires are linked to climate change

48%

37%

63%

19%

62%

Don’t know

11%

8%

9%

7%

7%

41% think that the NSW bushfires are likely to be linked to climate change and 48% think it unlikely they are linked to climate change. 27% think they are linked and it is appropriate to raise this issue while 14% think they are linked but it is inappropriate to raise this issue at this time.

Those most likely to think the bushfires and climate change are linked were aged under 35 (49%), Labor voters (55%), Greens voters (73%) and those with university education (53%).

Those who think it is unlikely they are linked tended to be aged 55+ (61%), Liberal/National voters (63%) and those who had not completed secondary education (60%).

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