Essential Report

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).

Importance of action on climate change

Oct 12, 2021

Q. Which of the following best describes your attitude towards the issue of climate change and global warming?

Q Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
It is the most important issue and there is no other issue I am more concerned about 22% 23% 20% 29% 23% 15% 25% 18% 36% 21%
It is a very important issue, but there are other issues that equally concern me 45% 41% 48% 48% 45% 42% 53% 41% 52% 34%
It is somewhat an important issue, but there are other issues that I am more concerned about 20% 20% 20% 18% 19% 23% 14% 26% 10% 23%
It is not a very important issue, there are other issues that I am much more concerned about 7% 8% 6% 2% 6% 12% 5% 9% 2% 11%
It is not an important issue at all 6% 7% 6% 4% 7% 8% 2% 6% 0% 12%
Base (n) 1,097 540 557 342 366 389 362 414 94 138
  • 22% say climate change is the most important issue to them, with a further 45% saying it is important, along with other issues.
  • 7% said they were more concerned with issues other than climate change and just 6% said climate change isn’t an important issue.

Concern about climate change

Sep 30, 2014

Q. Over the last 2 years, have you become more concerned or less concerned about the environmental effects of global warming or do you feel about the same as you did 2 years ago?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total more concerned

52%

61%

34%

89%

52%

Total less concerned

9%

10%

14%

2%

6%

Much more concerned

22%

27%

11%

65%

18%

A little more concerned

30%

34%

23%

24%

34%

About the same

35%

28%

49%

7%

40%

A little less concerned

6%

8%

8%

2%

1%

Much less concerned

3%

2%

6%

5%

Don’t know

4%

2%

3%

2%

3%

52% say they have become more concerned about the environmental effects of global warming over the last two years and 9% have become less concerned – 35% feel about the same.

Those most likely to have become more concerned were Labor voters (61%), Greens voters (89%), aged 18-34 (59%) and people with university degrees (63%).

Concern About Climate Change

Jul 20, 2011

Q. Over the last 2 years, have you become more concerned or less concerned about the environmental effects of global warming or do you feel about the same as you did 2 years ago? (This question was commissioned by Network Ten).

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

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
Total more concerned 46% 61% 35% 72% 45% 47% 55% 42% 42%
Total less concerned 11% 4% 19% 2% 16% 6% 12% 11% 10%
Much more concerned 15% 23% 7% 36% 14% 16% 16% 14% 16%
A little more concerned 31% 38% 28% 36% 31% 31% 39% 28% 26%
A little less concerned 5% 3% 8% 1% 7% 3% 6% 6% 3%
Much less concerned 6% 1% 11% 1% 9% 3% 6% 5% 7%
About the same 40% 32% 45% 24% 35% 45% 29% 43% 48%
Don’t know 3% 3% 2% 2% 3% 3% 3% 5% *

46% say they have become more concerned about the effects of global warming over the last 2 years, 11% are less concerned and 40% say they feel about the same.

Those more likely to be more concerned are Labor voters (61%), Greens voters (72%) and those aged under 35 (55%).

Those more likely to feel about the same are Liberal/National voters (45%), women (45%) and those aged 55+ (48%).

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Climate change? Scepticism becomes mainstream

Dec 7, 2010

First Published on The Drum 07/12/2010

It was a year ago today that the hottest gig in global warming opened in Copenhagen, amidst expectations that the world’s leaders would rise above their geographical interests and make a stand for the future.

Twelve months on and the hopes of Copenhagen seem as retro as a Midnight Oil album, the world has opted to sleep even when our beds are burning.

While the lack of political action over the past year has been well documented, this week’s Essential Report picks up another dynamic that is both a response to and a driver for this inertia. For the first time, we have found less than 50 per cent of Australians think climate change is real.

Dec 10 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity 45% 53% 32% 76%
We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate 36% 27% 53% 14%
Don’t know 19% 20% 15% 10%

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