Essential Report

Understanding of government’s net zero emissions 2050 target

Nov 9, 2021

Q. Which of the following best describes your understanding of the federal government’s plan for Australia to reach a net zero emissions target by 2050?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
It sets a clear target and provides a credible plan for how to get there 21% 25% 18% 23% 20% 20% 17% 32% 13% 14%
It sets a clear target but does not provide a credible plan for how to get there 36% 37% 36% 40% 36% 33% 38% 40% 35% 31%
It neither sets a clear target nor provides a credible plan for how to get there 22% 25% 20% 16% 20% 30% 27% 12% 43% 28%
Unsure 20% 14% 26% 21% 23% 17% 17% 16% 8% 27%
Base (n) 1,089 534 555 336 374 379 354 401 106 125
  • Just one-in-five people think the government’s plan to achieve its emission targets are clear and provide a credible plan (21%).
  • The majority think the plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 is not credible. 36% say while they understand the target, the plan is not credible and a further 22% think the target is unclear and the plan not credible.
  • Among Coalition voters, 40% say while the target is clear, the plan is not credible.

 

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