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%).