Support for Carbon Pricing

May 23, 2011

Q. Do you support or oppose the Government’s recent announcement to introduce a carbon pricing scheme from 1 July 2012, which will require industries to pay a tax based on the amount of carbon pollution they emit?

7 March 14 March 28 March 18 April Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 35% 38% 34% 39% 41% 63% 20% 86%
Total oppose 48% 49% 51% 49% 44% 19% 75% 9%
Strongly support 9% 12% 12% 13% 14% 22% 4% 47%
Support 26% 26% 22% 26% 27% 41% 16% 39%
Oppose 19% 17% 19% 15% 15% 10% 23% 4%
Strongly oppose 29% 32% 32% 34% 29% 9% 52% 5%
Don’t know 18% 13% 15% 12% 15% 19% 5% 5%

41% (+2%) support the introduction of a carbon pricing scheme and 44% (-5%) oppose. This represents a 7% shift in opinion in favour of a carbon pricing scheme since last month and is the highest level of support and lowest level of opposition since the scheme was announced.

Women support the scheme 44%/39%, while men oppose 51%/38%. Younger people tend to support the scheme (aged under 35 – 47% support/35% oppose) while older respondents strongly oppose (aged 55+ – 35% support/55% oppose)