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Coal seam gas mining

Jul 15, 2014

Q. There is currently debate over the exploration and extraction of coal seam gas in Australia. Which of the following statements is closest to your view? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Coal seam gas mining should be banned completely

22%

26%

15%

39%

25%

Coal seam gas mining on farming land should be restricted

32%

34%

29%

38%

36%

There is sufficient current regulation of coal seam gas mining

12%

5%

22%

2%

11%

Don’t know

34%

34%

34%

22%

27%

Only 12% agree that there is sufficient current regulation of coal seam gas mining – 32% think coal seam gas mining on farming land should be restricted and 22% think it should be banned completely.

39% of Greens voters and 30% of those aged 55+ think it should be banned completely.

Coal Seam Gas Mining

Oct 31, 2011

Q. There is currently debate over the exploration and extraction of coal seam gas from farming land, particularly in NSW and Queensland. Do you think Governments should restrict mining of coal seam gas on farming land or do the current regulations balance the interests of farmers and mining companies?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Should restrict coal seam gas mining 50% 52% 48% 74%
Current regulations balance interests of farmers and mining companies 20% 21% 23% 6%
Don’t know 30% 26% 29% 20%

50% think coal seam gas mining should be restricted and 20% think current regulations balance interests of farmers and mining companies. 30% have no opinion.

Labor voters and Liberal/National voters hold similar views but 74% of Greens voters want restrictions.

Those most in favour of restrictions were aged 55+ (61%) and respondents from Queensland (56%) and NSW (54%).

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