Renewable Energy Target

Jul 15, 2014

Q. The Renewable Energy Target scheme encourages investment in renewable energy by requiring electricity retail companies to purchase a certain amount of renewable energy each year. By the year 2020, at least 20% of electricity must come from renewable resources.

Do you think this target of 20% renewable energy by 2020 is too high, too low or about right?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote

other

 

Feb 14

Too high

13%

9%

20%

5%

15%

13%

Too low

29%

33%

18%

64%

35%

25%

About right

36%

38%

42%

18%

30%

39%

Don’t know

22%

20%

19%

14%

20%

23%

36% think the current renewable energy target is about right, 29% think it is too low and 13% think it is too high. Since this question was asked in February, those thinking it is too low increased 4 points and those thinking it is about right declined 3 points.

64% of Greens voters, 33% of Labor voters and 38% of those with university education think it is too low.

Climate change policies

Oct 1, 2013

Q. The new Liberal Government plans to dump the carbon tax and replace it with what they call a “direct action” plan which involves planting trees and paying companies to reduce their carbon pollution. Which approach to climate change would you favour?

 

27 May 13

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The current tax on the largest polluting companies to encourage them to reduce carbon pollution

39%

31%

57%

9%

62%

The Liberal’s policy to plant trees and pay companies to reduce carbon pollution

29%

35%

13%

57%

9%

Neither

18%

16%

14%

18%

6%

Don’t know

14%

17%

16%

16%

22%

31% favour the previous Government’s policy on addressing climate change and 35% favour the Liberal Government’s “direct action” plan. 16% do not support either approach. This is a significant shift in favour of the Liberal’s plan.

The previous Government’s approach had strongest support from Labor voters (57%), Greens voters (62%) and people with university degrees (37%).

The Liberal Government’s plan had strongest support from Liberal/National voters (57%) and people aged 55+ (44%).

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