Essential Report

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.

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