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Best net zero target for jobs

Oct 26, 2021

Q. Which of the following approaches to acting on climate change and reducing emissions do you think will have the most positive long-term effect on jobs?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Set a more ambitious target for 2030 35% 36% 34% 34% 35% 36% 43% 27% 55% 32%
Set a net zero target for 2050 29% 32% 26% 37% 29% 23% 31% 32% 27% 26%
Not set any targets for 2030 or 2050 14% 16% 12% 10% 10% 20% 6% 21% 2% 24%
Unsure 22% 16% 28% 19% 26% 21% 20% 19% 15% 18%
Column n 1,781 875 906 533 601 647 636 610 157 220
  • About a third (35%) think setting a more ambitious emissions reduction target for 2030 will have the most positive long-term effect on jobs, while a further 29% think setting a net zero target for 2050 would be best for jobs.
  • 14% think not setting any targets for 2030 or 2050 is best for jobs, and 22% are unsure.
  • Labor voters (43%) and Greens voters (55%) are most likely to think a more ambitious 2030 target will have the most positive long-term effect on jobs.
  • Minor/independent party voters (24%) and Coalition voters (21%) are most likely to think not setting any targets would be best for jobs.
  • Those aged 18-34 are more likely than older cohorts to think setting a net zero target for 2050 is best (37% to 29% of those aged 35-54 and 23% of those over 55).

Addressing climate change

Oct 12, 2021

Q. As far as you know, do you think Australia is doing enough, not enough or too much to address climate change? 

Oct’21 Jun’21 Jan’21 Jun’20 Mar’20 Jan’20 Nov’19 Mar’19 Dec’18 Oct’18 Sep’17 Aug’16
Not doing enough 42% 45% 42% 52% 55% 62% 60% 51% 53% 56% 56% 52%
Doing enough 31% 30% 35% 25% 23% 19% 22% 27% 24% 23% 20% 22%
Doing too much 15% 12% 10% 10% 9% 8% 8% 11% 9% 7% 8% 8%
Don’t know 11% 13% 13% 13% 13% 11% 10% 12% 14% 13% 16% 18%
Base (n) 1,097 1,087 1,084 1,079 1,090 1,081 1,083 1,089 1,032 1,027 1,011 1,022

 

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Not doing enough 42% 41% 43% 38% 44% 44% 56% 26% 58% 39%
Doing enough 31% 31% 32% 33% 25% 36% 27% 47% 17% 23%
Doing too much 15% 18% 12% 19% 17% 9% 8% 18% 18% 29%
Don’t know 11% 10% 13% 10% 14% 11% 9% 9% 7% 9%
Base (n) 1,097 540 557 342 366 389 362 414 94 138
  • Most people think Australia is not doing enough to address climate change (42%), with 31% who think we are doing enough and 15% who think Australia is doing too much to address climate change. Consistent with previous years, 11% don’t know.
  • Since June 2021, there has been a shift among women, those aged 18-34 and Labor voters – all of whom are less likely to think Australia is not doing enough to address climate change.
  • 43% of women say Australia is not doing enough (down from 49% in Jun’21), while 32% say we are doing enough (up from 27%).
  • 38% of women say Australia is not doing enough (down from 47% in Jun’21), while those saying Australia is doing too much has increased from 7% to 12%.
  • 56% of Labor voters say Australia is not doing enough (down from 64% in Jun’21), while 27% say we are doing enough (up from 19%).

Preferred emissions targets

Oct 12, 2021

Q. The federal government plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 26–28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Which of the following would you prefer the federal government pursued?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Set a more ambitious target for 2030 43% 45% 42% 51% 43% 37% 52% 38% 56% 40%
Set a net zero target for 2050 25% 27% 23% 28% 24% 22% 25% 27% 30% 25%
Not set any targets for 2030 or 2050 13% 16% 10% 7% 10% 21% 8% 17% 4% 22%
Unsure 19% 12% 26% 13% 23% 21% 15% 18% 10% 13%
Column n 1,097 540 557 342 366 389 362 414 94 138
  • There is a demand for strong commitment to reducing emissions. 43% want to set a more ambitious target for 2030 with a further 25% wanting to aim for net-zero by 2050.
  • Over half of those aged 18-34, Labor and greens voters all want more ambitious targets for 2030.
  • The majority of Coalition voters at least want net-zero targets for 2050 (65%), with 38% wanting more ambitious targets for 2030.

Attitudes to Climate change and COP26 Summit

Oct 12, 2021

Q. The UN climate summit (COP26) will start on October 31 in Glasgow, Scotland.

During the summit, world leaders are expected to develop the next emissions standards to slow global warming and keep temperature rise below 1.5C. Australia is one of 200 countries expected to outline their emissions reduction goals for 2030.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  TOTAL:

Agree

TOTAL:

Disagree

Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree, nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Australia needs to follow other countries’ lead and make climate change a priority, or risk being left behind 57% 17% 28% 29% 27% 10% 6%
Australian businesses have the opportunity to develop expertise in renewable energy and innovative technologies that other countries will demand 64% 9% 26% 39% 26% 7% 3%
Australian manufacturing could benefit from cheap electricity if more solar and wind farms were built 63% 13% 28% 36% 24% 7% 5%
Australia cannot afford to be locked out of the EU or other trade markets for failing to adopt a net zero emissions by 2050 target 57% 12% 25% 32% 31% 8% 4%

 

TOTAL: Agree Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Australia needs to follow other countries’ lead and make climate change a priority, or risk being left behind 57% 56% 57% 56% 60% 53% 64% 52% 70% 51%
Australian businesses have the opportunity to develop expertise in renewable energy and innovative technologies that other countries will demand 64% 67% 62% 58% 64% 70% 67% 64% 68% 64%
Australian manufacturing could benefit from cheap electricity if more solar and wind farms were built 63% 63% 64% 56% 67% 66% 68% 61% 71% 58%
Australia cannot afford to be locked out of the EU or other trade markets for failing to adopt a net zero emissions by 2050 target 57% 60% 55% 48% 58% 64% 61% 58% 64% 51%
Column n 1,097 540 557 342 366 389 362 414 94 138
  • Most people agree that the expected emissions reduction goals for 2030 are both an opportunity and threat for Australia.
  • Just under two-thirds agree that Australia can develop expertise in renewable energy and innovative technologies that other countries will demand (64%) and that manufacturing could benefit from cheap electricity if more solar and wind farms were built (63%).
  • There is majority agreement with the threats for Australia if they do not match other countries’ commitments with 57% agreeing with both statements – that Australia needs to follow other countries’ lead and make climate change a priority, and Australia cannot afford to be locked out of the EU or other trade markets for failing to adopt a net zero emissions by 2050 target.

Views towards 2050 net zero emissions target

Feb 16, 2021

Q. In a recent speech, Scott Morrison stated Australia’s goal is to “…reach net zero emissions as soon as possible, and preferably by 2050”.

However, the Prime Minister did not formally commit to this goal or specify how the federal government plans to achieve it.

‘Net zero’ carbon emissions means a situation when Australia’s carbon emissions become less than or equal to the amount of carbon we are removing from the atmosphere.

Which of the following is closer to your view?

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
We need to set a target for when we will get carbon emissions down to ‘net zero’, and worry about setting dates for reductions along the way later 32% 36% 31% 38% 33%
It is more important that we set realistic targets for reducing our emissions by 2030, than having a target date for achieving net zero 58% 57% 57% 62% 50%
We shouldn’t have targets for reducing carbon emissions 9% 7% 12% 1% 17%
Base (n) 1,109 359 428 101 131
  • Most people prefer the government to set concrete targets for reducing emissions, rather than setting a target date for achieving net zero emissions in the future.
  • Over half (58%) of people think it is more important that we set realistic targets for reducing our emissions by 2030, than having a target date for achieving net zero. This is the prevalent view across all voting intentions.
  • Just over a third (32%) think we need to set a target for when we will get carbon emissions down to ‘net zero’, and worry about setting dates for reductions along the way later. 9% think we shouldn’t have targets for reducing carbon emissions.

Support for zero-carbon pollution target for 2050

Feb 25, 2020

Q. To what extent would you support or oppose setting a zero-carbon pollution target for 2050 if it were adopted by the Federal Government?

    Federal Voting Intention (Lower House) Jan’20
Total Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Strongly support 31% 38% 22% 59% 19% 32%
Somewhat support 44% 42% 46% 33% 44% 39%
Somewhat oppose 15% 13% 17% 6% 17% 18%
Strongly oppose 11% 7% 15% 2% 20% 12%
NET: Support 75% 80% 68% 91% 63% 71%
NET: Oppose 25% 20% 32% 9% 37% 29%
Base (n) 1,090 336 390 104 146 1,080
  • 75% of participants support setting a zero-carbon pollution target for 2050 if it were adopted by the Federal Government, up from 71% in January.
  • The majority of all party voter support the introduction of targets. 91% of Greens voters, 80% of Labor and 68% of Coalition party voters all support the introduction of targets.
  • Women (79%), capital city residents (77%) and Greens voters (91%) are most likely to support this initiative.
  • Men (70%), non-capital city residents (70%) and independent/other party voters (63%) are least likely to support this initiative.

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.

Angus Taylor and Sydney Lord Mayor

Dec 10, 2019

Q. Over the past few weeks the Opposition has been raising concern about Energy Minister Angus Taylor, in regards to false information which was critical of the Sydney Lord Mayor.

Which of the following best describes your perspective on the issue?

  Total Federal Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
The Prime Minister should have stood the Minister down from Cabinet 35% 47% 29% 42% 35%
The Prime Minster was right not to stand the Minister down from Cabinet 17% 11% 27% 13% 15%
I have not been following the issue 48% 42% 44% 45% 50%
Base (n) 1,035 339 356 106 116
  •  Almost half of participants have not been following the issue between Angus Taylor the Sydney Lord Mayor (48%).
  • Coalition voters are least likely to say that the PM should have stood the Minister down (29% versus 44% all other voters).
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