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Read and Heard about Carbon Pricing Scheme

Jul 18, 2011

Q. How much have you read and heard about Government’s carbon pricing scheme?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
A lot 35% 37% 41% 28%
Something 30% 27% 33% 30%
A little 30% 30% 24% 38%
Nothing 4% 4% 2$% 4%
Don’t know 1% 2% 1%

35% say they have heard a lot about the carbon pricing scheme and 30% say they have heard something. Only 4% say they have heard nothing. 52% of respondents aged 55+ say they have heard a lot compared to 25% of those aged under 35.

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Knowledge of Carbon Pricing Scheme

Jul 18, 2011

Q. How well informed do you feel about how the carbon pricing scheme will affect you and your family?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Very well informed 17% 23% 19% 12%
Somewhat informed 40% 40% 43% 40%
A little informed 26% 24% 24% 28%
Not at all informed 13% 11% 12% 18%
Don’t know 3% 2% 2% 2%

17% consider themselves very well informed about how the carbon pricing scheme will affect them and 40% say they are somewhat informed.

28% of those aged 55+ consider themselves very well informed and 44% somewhat informed. 51% of those aged 18-35 consider themselves very well or somewhat informed.

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Financial Impact of Carbon Pricing Scheme

Jul 18, 2011

Q. Do you think you will be financially better or worse off as a result of the carbon pricing scheme?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total better off 10% 22% 4% 19%
Total worse off 69% 48% 85% 51%
Much better off 2% 3% * 9%
A little better off 8% 19% 4% 10%
A little worse off 34% 40% 30% 37%
Much worse off 35% 8% 55% 14%
It will make no difference 11% 18% 6% 21%
Don’t know 10% 12% 5% 9%

10% think they will be better off and 69% worse off as a result of the carbon pricing scheme.

By income levels, 77% of those earning $1,600+ per week think they will be worse off compared to 56% of those earning less than $600 pw.

By age group, 43% of those aged 55+ think they will be much worse off compared to 26% of those aged under 35.

For those who consider themselves very well or somewhat informed about the carbon pricing scheme, 16% think they will be better off and 68% worse off.

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Good or Bad for Australia

Jul 18, 2011

Q. Overall, do you think the Government’s carbon pricing scheme will be good or bad for Australia’s future?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total good 34% 67% 11% 76%
Total bad 46% 13% 73% 16%
Very good 11% 26% 1% 31%
Good 23% 41% 10% 45%
Bad 20% 9% 29% 9%
Very bad 26% 4% 44% 7%
It will make no difference 8% 8% 10%
Don’t know 12% 13% 7% 7%

34% think the carbon pricing scheme will be good for Australia and 46% think it will be bad.

By age, those aged under 35 split 42% good/36% bad, and those aged 55+ split 31% good/52% bad.

For those who consider themselves very well or somewhat informed about the carbon pricing scheme, 42% think it will be good for Australia and 48% bad.

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Statements about Carbon Pricing Scheme

Jul 18, 2011

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements about the Government’s carbon pricing scheme?

Total agree Total disagree Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
The Government has got the balance right in compensating households for a carbon price 31% 48% 6% 25% 23% 25% 22%
A carbon price will lead to a big rise in the cost of living 68% 22% 32% 36% 18% 4% 11%
The carbon price scheme won’t reduce our carbon emissions 51% 34% 25% 26% 24% 10% 15%
There’s too much compensation for industry in the package 33% 32% 9% 24% 26% 6% 35%
There’s not enough compensation for households in the carbon price scheme 49% 29% 20% 29% 25% 4% 22%
Politicians should just get on with taking action on climate change 59% 27% 23% 36% 15% 12% 15%
The cost of living increases are less than I expected 26% 52% 5% 21% 29% 23% 23%
The cost of living increases are less than I expected 46% 33% 14% 32% 21% 11% 22%
The government’s carbon pricing scheme won’t have much effect on me and my family 25% 57% 3% 22% 31% 26% 18%
Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party are more interested in votes than tackling climate change 54% 32% 31% 23% 17% 15% 14%

These responses suggest that the main concern about the carbon pricing scheme is the cost of living increases. The statement with the highest level of agreement is that a carbon price will lead to a big rise in the cost of living (68% agree/22% disagree). Only 25% agree that the government’s carbon pricing scheme won’t have much effect on me and my family. And 26% agree that the cost of living increases are less than I expected.

The only positive aspect of the scheme is that 46% agree that the cost of living increases are less than I expected.

Regarding the opposition, 54% agree that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party are more interested in votes than tackling climate change.

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Most Effective Policy

Jul 18, 2011

Q. Which approach do you think would be most effective in reducing carbon emissions – the Government’s carbon pricing scheme or the Coalition’s proposal to pay companies to reduce emissions?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Government carbon pricing scheme 34% 72% 10% 64%
Coalition’s proposal to pay companies 28% 5% 52% 6%
Don’t know 37% 23% 38% 31%

34% think that the Government’s carbon pricing scheme would be the most effective in reducing emissions and 28% think the Coalition’s proposal would be more effective.

Strongest support for the Government’s scheme was shown by men (40%) and those aged under 35 (38%).

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Most Cost Effective Policy

Jul 18, 2011

Q.Which approach do you think would be the most cost effective – the Government’s carbon pricing scheme or the Coalition’s proposal to pay companies to reduce emissions?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Government carbon pricing scheme 33% 69% 10% 60%
Coalition’s proposal to pay companies 27% 3% 51% 6%
Don’t know 40% 27% 39% 34%

33% think that the Government’s carbon pricing scheme would be the most cost effective and 27% think the Coalition’s proposal would be more cost effective.

Strongest support for the Government’s scheme was shown by men (38%) and those aged under 35 (38%).

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Support for Carbon Tax

Jul 13, 2011

Q. Does the Government’s decision to exempt fuel from the carbon tax for households, trade and small business make you more or less likely to support a carbon tax or does it make no difference?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Men Women Age

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
Total more likely to support 30% 50% 20% 44% 30% 31% 41% 26% 24%
Total less likely to support 11% 8% 11% 19% 14% 8% 12% 13% 10%
A lot more likely to support 7% 18% 2% 12% 9% 6% 8% 7% 6%
A little more likely to support 23% 32% 18% 32% 21% 25% 33% 19% 18%
A little less likely to support 6% 8% 5% 13% 7% 4% 8% 7% 5%
A lot less likely to support 5% * 8% 8% 7% 4% 4% 6% 5%
Makes no difference 52% 36% 66% 29% 50% 53% 37% 55% 63%
Don’t know 6% 6% 2% 5% 5% 7% 9% 6% 3%

More than half the respondents (52%) said the Government’s decision to exempt fuel from the carbon tax for households, trade and small business makes no difference to their support for the carbon tax. 30% say it makes them more likely to support the tax and 11% less likely.

Those more likely to support the tax were Labor voters (50%), Greens voters (44%) and people aged under 35 (41%).

Those most likely to say it makes no difference were Coalition voters (66%) and people aged 55+ (63%).

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