Attitude to Scientific Evidence for Climate Change

Jun 20, 2011

Q. Which of the following statements best reflects your attitude to doubts recently expressed by opponents of action on climate change about the science evidence?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Doubts are valid because nothing is certain in science 15% 14% 18% 9%
Doubts are valid because man made climate change has not been proven 29% 15% 43% 11%
Doubts are misleading because the science evidence of man made climate change is overwhelming 21% 33% 14% 36%
Doubts are misleading because the science evidence has been rigorously tested and reviewed 11% 15% 7% 27%
Don’t know 23% 24% 17% 17%

Overall, 44% believe doubts about the science evidence for climate change are valid (mainly because man made climate change has not been proven) and 33% think doubts are misleading (mainly because the science evidence of man made climate change is overwhelming).

Those most likely to think the doubts are valid were Liberal/National voters (61%), men (50%), aged 55+ (59%) and incomes under $600pw (54%).

Those most likely to think doubts are misleading were Greens voters (63%), Labor voters (48%) and those on incomes over $1,600pw (41%).

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