Climate change policies

Oct 1, 2013

Q. The new Liberal Government plans to dump the carbon tax and replace it with what they call a “direct action” plan which involves planting trees and paying companies to reduce their carbon pollution. Which approach to climate change would you favour?

 

27 May 13

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The current tax on the largest polluting companies to encourage them to reduce carbon pollution

39%

31%

57%

9%

62%

The Liberal’s policy to plant trees and pay companies to reduce carbon pollution

29%

35%

13%

57%

9%

Neither

18%

16%

14%

18%

6%

Don’t know

14%

17%

16%

16%

22%

31% favour the previous Government’s policy on addressing climate change and 35% favour the Liberal Government’s “direct action” plan. 16% do not support either approach. This is a significant shift in favour of the Liberal’s plan.

The previous Government’s approach had strongest support from Labor voters (57%), Greens voters (62%) and people with university degrees (37%).

The Liberal Government’s plan had strongest support from Liberal/National voters (57%) and people aged 55+ (44%).