Support for Carbon Pricing Scheme

Sep 19, 2011

Q. Do you support or oppose the Government’s proposal 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 23 May 30 May 14 June 11 July 18 July 1 Aug Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 35% 38% 34% 39% 41% 38% 38% 35% 39% 39% 37% 67% 13% 76%
Total oppose 48% 49% 51% 49% 44% 48% 49% 53% 49% 51% 52% 22% 80% 14%
Strongly support 9% 12% 12% 13% 14% 14% 13% 11% 15% 15% 14% 31% 2% 34%
Support 26% 26% 22% 26% 27% 24% 25% 24% 24% 24% 23% 36% 11% 42%
Oppose 19% 17% 19% 15% 15% 19% 19% 19% 16% 19% 17% 13% 23% 8%
Strongly oppose 29% 32% 32% 34% 29% 29% 30% 34% 33% 32% 35% 9% 57% 6%
Don’t know 18% 13% 15% 12% 15% 15% 13% 12% 12% 10% 12% 12% 7% 10%

The majority of respondents are opposed to the Government’s carbon pricing scheme, with 52% either opposed or strongly opposed to its introduction.   Opposition to the scheme has moved up 1% since the last time the question was polled on 1 August 2011.   Total opposition has moved up by 4% since the Government announced the scheme six months ago, from 48% total oppose to 52% total opposed.

Total support for the scheme is 37%, down 2% from 39% since the last time the question was asked on 1 August 2011.  However, overall, support has risen by 2% in the six months since the Government’s announcement, from 35% to 37% total support.

Twelve per cent (12%) of respondents ‘don’t know’, up 2% from 1 August 2011, but down 6% since the announcement six months ago.

Those aged 18-24 years old are the most likely to support the scheme (46% total support).  Those aged 55-64% are the most likely to oppose it (59% total oppose).

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Support for Carbon Pricing Scheme with compensation and investment in renewables

Sep 19, 2011

Q. Would you support or oppose this carbon pricing scheme if the money paid by big polluting industries was used to compensate low and middle income earners for increased prices and to invest in renewable energy?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 50% 77% 27% 84%
Total oppose 37% 12% 61% 9%
Strongly support 20% 41% 4% 40%
Support 30% 36% 23% 44%
Oppose 15% 8% 23% 4%
Strongly oppose 22% 4% 38% 5%
Don’t know 13% 10% 11% 7%

Total support for the carbon pricing scheme rose sharply by 13 points to 50% when respondents were asked whether they supported the scheme if the money paid by big polluting industries was used to compensate low and middle income earners and to invest in renewable energy.

Conversely, total opposition for the scheme fell by 13% to 37% total opposed.

The reference to compensation and investment in renewables has the effect of shifting total support up by 10% amongst Labor voters (77%), up 14% amongst Lib/Nat voters and up 8% amongst Green voters.

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Debate on the Carbon Pricing Scheme

Sep 19, 2011

Q. Do you think the introduction of the carbon pricing scheme has been rushed and needs more time to consider or do you think it has been discussed enough and it is now time to make a decision?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Has been rushed and needs more time to consider 52% 28% 72% 20%
Has been discussed enough and it is now time to make a decision 38% 60% 21% 73%
Don’t know 10% 11% 6% 8%

The majority of respondents think that the carbon pricing scheme had been rushed and more time is needed to consider it (52%).  Thirty eight per cent (38%) think that it has been discussed enough and it is now time to make a decision.  Ten percent (10%) of respondents don’t know.

Lib/Nat voters are the most likely to think that the scheme has been rushed (72%) and Greens voters are the least likely to think so (20%).

Greens voters (73%), followed by Labor voters (60%) are more likely to think that the scheme has been discussed enough and it is now time to make a decision.

Respondents aged 65+ are far more likely to regard the scheme has having been rushed (62%).   Those aged 18-14 years old (43%) and 55-64 (44%) are the most likely to think that the scheme has been discussed enough and it is now time to make a decision.

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Support for Carbon Pricing Scheme

Aug 1, 2011

Q. Do you support or oppose the Government’s proposal 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 23 May 30 May 14 June 11 July 18 July Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 35% 38% 34% 39% 41% 38% 38% 35% 39% 39% 77% 12% 82%
Total oppose 48% 49% 51% 49% 44% 48% 49% 53% 49% 51% 14% 83% 11%
Strongly support 9% 12% 12% 13% 14% 14% 13% 11% 15% 15% 33% 2% 42%
Support 26% 26% 22% 26% 27% 24% 25% 24% 24% 24% 44% 10% 40%
Oppose 19% 17% 19% 15% 15% 19% 19% 19% 16% 19% 9% 26% 6%
Strongly oppose 29% 32% 32% 34% 29% 29% 30% 34% 33% 32% 5% 57% 5%
Don’t know 18% 13% 15% 12% 15% 15% 13% 12% 12% 10% 9% 5% 7%

Opinions of the Government’s carbon pricing scheme have changed little the last time this was surveyed two weeks ago. 39% support (no change) and 51% oppose (down 2%).

82% of Greens voters and 77% of Labor voters support the scheme and 83% of Liberal/National voters oppose.

Those aged under 35 are more likely to support the scheme (46% support/39% oppose) and those aged over 55 oppose (36% support/57% oppose).

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Importance of Carbon Pricing Issue

Aug 1, 2011

Q. How important is the issue of the carbon pricing scheme in deciding which party you would vote for?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Very important 30% 25% 39% 33%
Somewhat important 29% 28% 31% 35%
A little important 21% 25% 16% 18%
Not at all important 13% 18% 12% 8%
Don’t know 7% 3% 2% 6%

30% say that the carbon pricing scheme is very important to their voting decision and 29% say it is somewhat important. Liberal/National voters are more likely to consider it very important (39%).

The carbon pricing issue is more important to those who are opposed than those who support it. 68% of those who oppose the scheme say it is very/somewhat important compared to 58% of those who support it.

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Overturning the Carbon Pricing Scheme

Jul 25, 2011

Q. If the Government introduces their carbon pricing scheme Tony Abbott has said that if the Liberal Party wins the next election he will repeal this legislation. Do you support or oppose his proposal to overturn the carbon pricing scheme after it has been put in place?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 50% 24% 81% 15%
Total oppose 36% 63% 9% 73%
Strongly support 30% 8% 56% 8%
Support 20% 16% 25% 7%
Oppose 14% 19% 7% 12%
Strongly oppose 22% 44% 2% 61%
Don’t know 15% 13% 9% 10%

Overall, 50% of respondents support Tony Abbott’s proposal to overturn the carbon pricing scheme after it has been put in place.

Not surprisingly 81% of Lib/Nat voters support Tony Abbott’s proposal. 63% of Labor voters, and 73% of Green voters oppose Tony Abbott’s proposal.

Support for Tony Abbott’s proposal increased with age, with 63% of those aged 65+, compared to 36% of those aged 18-24 supporting the proposal to overturn the carbon pricing scheme.

Males (53%) were slightly more likely than females (47%) to support Tony Abbott’s proposal.

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Support for Carbon Pricing

Jul 18, 2011

Q. Do you support or oppose the Government’s proposal 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 23 May 30 May 14 June 11 July 18 July Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 35% 38% 34% 39% 41% 38% 38% 35% 39% 75% 14% 75%
Total oppose 48% 49% 51% 49% 44% 48% 49% 53% 49% 13% 79% 14%
Strongly support 9% 12% 12% 13% 14% 14% 13% 11% 15% 35% 1% 44%
Support 26% 26% 22% 26% 27% 24% 25% 24% 24% 40% 13% 31%
Oppose 19% 17% 19% 15% 15% 19% 19% 19% 16% 8% 22% 6%
Strongly oppose 29% 32% 32% 34% 29% 29% 30% 34% 33% 5% 57% 8%
Don’t know 18% 13% 15% 12% 15% 15% 13% 12% 12% 12% 7% 11%

39% (up 4%) support the Government’s proposed carbon pricing scheme and 49% (down 4%) oppose. It is supported by 75% of Labor voters and 75% of Greens voters but opposed by 79% of coalition voters. This represents an increase in support since the previous survey (conducted before the Government’s announcement) but is similar to the June results.

By age, those aged under 35 split 44% support/42% oppose, and those aged 55+ split 38% support/55% oppose.

For those who consider themselves very well or somewhat informed about the carbon pricing scheme, 44% support and 53% oppose.

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Read and Heard about Carbon Pricing Scheme

Jul 18, 2011

Q. How much have you read and heard about Government’s carbon pricing scheme?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
A lot 35% 37% 41% 28%
Something 30% 27% 33% 30%
A little 30% 30% 24% 38%
Nothing 4% 4% 2$% 4%
Don’t know 1% 2% 1%

35% say they have heard a lot about the carbon pricing scheme and 30% say they have heard something. Only 4% say they have heard nothing. 52% of respondents aged 55+ say they have heard a lot compared to 25% of those aged under 35.

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