Government spending on energy sources

Mar 10, 2020

Q To what extent would you support or oppose the Government spending taxpayers’ money to research the following energy sources?

  NET: Support NET: Oppose Strongly support Somewhat support Neither support nor oppose Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose
Renewables (such as large-scale solar or wind farms) 71% 12% 45% 27% 16% 7% 5%
Hydrogen technology 57% 10% 24% 33% 32% 7% 3%
Clean coal 50% 23% 20% 29% 28% 11% 11%
Nuclear 38% 35% 17% 21% 27% 15% 20%

 

    Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention Location
NET: Support Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other Capital City Non-Capital City
Renewables (such as large-

scale solar or wind farms)

71% 71% 72% 74% 69% 72% 78% 66% 95% 63% 74% 67%
Hydrogen technology 57% 65% 51% 53% 52% 66% 58% 61% 63% 54% 59% 53%
Clean coal 50% 50% 50% 49% 44% 56% 43% 64% 28% 48% 51% 47%
Nuclear 38% 47% 30% 32% 34% 47% 34% 50% 25% 37% 39% 36%
  • 71% of participants support the Government spending taxpayers’ money to research renewables, compared to 50% support for clean coal.
  • Support for research into renewables is higher in capital cities (74%) than non-capital cities (67%), and higher among Greens voters (95%) than all other voters (63%).
  • Coalition voters are most likely to support research into clean coal (64%) and nuclear power (50%) whereas Greens voters are least likely to support those energy sources (28% and 25% respectively).
  • Men tend to support research into hydrogen technology (65%) and nuclear (47%) more than women (51% and 30% respectively).
  • Participants over 55 years are more likely to support research into hydrogen technology (66%), clean coal (56%) or nuclear (47%) than those aged 18-54 (52%, 46% and 33% respectively).

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.

South Australian battery

Jul 18, 2017

Q. It was recently announced by the South Australian government that technology company Tesla will construct the “world’s largest battery” in South Australia. The battery will store wind energy to be used in high-demand periods, with the aim of increasing the reliability of the South Australian energy grid. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total good idea 73%   79% 70% 82% 69%
Total bad idea 5%   1% 8% 1% 11%
Very good idea 42%   48% 40% 46% 39%
Good idea 31%   31% 30% 36% 30%
Neither god nor bad idea 14%   12% 14% 13% 14%
Bad idea 2%   1% 3% 1% 5%
Very bad idea 3%   <1% 5% 6%
Don’t know 8%   8% 7% 3% 6%

73% agree that the construction of the battery in South Australia is a good idea and 5% think it is a bad idea. Those most likely to think it is a good idea were Greens voters (82%), Labor voters (79%) and university educated (79%).

65% of South Australian respondents think it is a good idea, 8% think it is a bad idea and 22% think it is neither. (note – small sample)

Coal vs renewables

Jul 21, 2015

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Governments should prioritise support for the coal industry over the renewable energy industry

6%

3%

14%

2%

Government should prioritise support for the renewable energy industry over the coal industry

50%

56%

39%

89%

56%

The Government should treat both industries equally

28%

28%

35%

5%

34%

Don’t know

15%

13%

12%

6%

8%

50% of respondents agree more with the statement that the Government should prioritise support for the renewable energy industry over the coal industry and only 6% think they should prioritise coal over renewables. 28% think they should treat both industries equally.

Those most likely to think the Government should give priority to renewable energy were Greens voters (89%) and respondents with university education (59%).

Coal vs renewables – Government priorities

Jul 21, 2015

Q. And which of the following statements do you think is closer to the Federal Government’s current position?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

The Government prioritises the coal industry over the renewable energy industry

49%

59%

38%

81%

51%

The Government prioritises the renewable energy industry over the coal industry

12%

10%

16%

10%

8%

The Government treats both industries equally

13%

9%

20%

18%

Don’t know

27%

23%

26%

9%

23%

49% of respondents agree more with the statement that the Government prioritises the coal industry over the renewable energy industry and only 12% think they prioritise the renewable energy industry over the coal industry. 13% think they treat both industries equally.

Those most likely to think the Government prioritises the coal industry were Greens voters (81%) and Labor voters (59%).

Government support for energy industries

Jul 21, 2015

Q. Do you think the Federal Government gives enough or not enough support to the following?

Gives enough support

Does not give enough support

Don’t know

The coal industry

60%

12%

28%

Wind farms

18%

56%

25%

Large scale solar

15%

55%

30%

Roof top solar

21%

57%

22%

60% think that the Federal Government gives enough support to the coal industry and a majority think they do not give enough support to roof top solar (57%), wind farms (56%) or large scale solar (55%).

A majority of all voter groups think the Government gives enough support to the coal industry.
A large majority of Labor and Greens voters think the Government does not give enough support to roof top solar (Labor 67%/Greens 79%), wind farms (71%/86%) or large scale solar (66%/82%).

Liberal/National voters were more divided but were more likely to think the Government does not give enough support to large scale solar (26% enough/42% not enough), roof top solar (33%/43%) or wind farms (34%/39%).

Renewables vs fossil fuels

May 26, 2015

Q. As far as you know, which energy source – renewable energy like solar and wind OR fossil fuels like coal and gas – is better for each of the following?

Renewable energy better

Fossil fuels better

No difference

Don’t know

Sep 2014 Renewable

Sep 2014 Fossil fuels

The environment

69%

5%

9%

17%

77%

5%

Electricity costs

47%

18%

11%

24%

45%

19%

The economy

42%

20%

11%

26%

39%

29%

Jobs

37%

20%

16%

27%

36%

25%

Overall, respondents think that renewable energy is better for the environment (69%), electricity costs (47%), the economy (42%) and jobs (37%). Since this question was asked in September, main changes are a decline for renewables being better for the environment (from 77% to 69%) and a decline for fossil fuels being better for the economy (from 29% to 20%).

There were few substantial differences across demographic groups – other than for electricity costs where 52% of women think renewables are better compared to 41% of men.

Liberal/National voters were more likely to think fossil fuels are better for jobs (30%).

Renewable energy use

Jan 28, 2015

Q. Does your household have the following?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Solar rooftop panels

27%

29%

28%

28%

30%

Solar hot water

17%

18%

16%

20%

20%

A “green energy” option from your power provider

22%

24%

20%

34%

18%

27% of respondents said they had solar rooftop panels, 17% have solar hot water and 22% have a “green energy” option f=rom their power provider.

Those more likely to have solar rooftop panels were aged 55+ (34%) and live in Queensland (36%).

Those more likely to have solar hot water were aged 55+ (22%).

Those more likely to have “green power” were Greens voters (34%) and live in Victoria (30%).

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