Essential Report

Attitudes towards the importance of how electricity is generated in relation to price and supply

Dec 1, 2020

Q. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement?

It doesn’t matter how electricity is generated, as long as prices don’t go up, and the supply is secure

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly agree 24% 30% 18% 21% 28% 23% 18% 29% 13% 33%
Somewhat agree 23% 23% 23% 23% 27% 19% 26% 26% 11% 15%
Neither agree nor disagree 24% 22% 27% 27% 23% 23% 23% 22% 26% 25%
Somewhat disagree 18% 16% 19% 18% 14% 21% 19% 17% 23% 17%
Strongly disagree 11% 10% 13% 12% 8% 14% 14% 6% 27% 10%
TOTAL: Agree 47% 53% 41% 44% 55% 42% 43% 55% 23% 48%
TOTAL: Disagree 29% 26% 32% 30% 22% 35% 33% 23% 51% 28%
Base (n) 1,034 528 506 329 320 385 322 430 88 107
  • Nearly half of Australians (47%) agree that it doesn’t matter how electricity is generated, as long as prices don’t go up, and the supply is secure. About a third (29%) disagree.
  • Men are more likely to strongly agree with this statement than women (30% to 18% respectively).
  • Coalition voters are also more likely to agree with this statement compared to other voters (55% to 43% Labor, 23% Greens and 48% minor party voters).

Electricity costs

Jul 28, 2015

Q. Thinking about your electricity bill over the last 12 months, do you think you electricity bill has:

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Total decreased 9% 10% 10% 12% 9%
Total increased 51% 58% 51% 46% 48%
Decreased a lot 1% 1% 1% 3% 1%
Decreased a little 8% 9% 9% 9% 8%
Stayed much the same 33% 28% 32% 35% 37%
Increased a little 29% 31% 30% 31% 25%
Increased a lot 22% 27% 21% 15% 23%
Don’t know 7% 4% 7% 8% 6%

51% think their electricity bill over the last 12 months has increased, 33% think it has stayed about the same and 9% think it has decreased.

There were not substantial differences by voting intention or demographics – although Labor voters (58%) were a little more likely to think it had increased.

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