Climate change

Dec 16, 2014

Q. Do you believe that there is fairly conclusive evidence that climate change is happening and caused by human activity or do you believe that the evidence is still not in and we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate which happens from time to time?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Nov 09

Dec 10

Jun 11

Oct 12

Oct 13

Sep 14

Climate change is happening and is caused by human activity

57%

70%

42%

87%

49%

53%

45%

50%

48%

52%

56%

We are just witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate

29%

21%

44%

3%

38%

34%

36%

39%

39%

36%

30%

Don’t know

14%

9%

14%

9%

13%

13%

19%

12%

13%

12%

14%

57% (up 1% since June) agree that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity and 29% (down 1%) believe that we may just be witnessing a normal fluctuation in the earth’s climate. This is the highest level of belief in climate change recorded in Essential polls – and the lowest level of disbelief.

By age groups, those aged under 35 split 67%/20% and those aged 55+ split 41%/48%. People with higher education were more likely to think climate change is happening and is caused by human activity – those with university degrees split 68%/22%.

Concern about climate change

Dec 16, 2014

Q. Over the last 2 years, have you become more concerned or less concerned about the environmental effects of global warming or do you feel about the same as you did 2 years ago?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Sep 14

Total more concerned

51%

62%

38%

78%

47%

52%

Total less concerned

9%

5%

16%

3%

9%

9%

Much more concerned

21%

31%

11%

40%

16%

22%

A little more concerned

30%

31%

27%

38%

31%

30%

About the same

35%

29%

43%

17%

43%

35%

A little less concerned

6%

4%

10%

3%

6%

6%

Much less concerned

3%

1%

6%

3%

3%

Don’t know

5%

3%

3%

3%

2%

4%

51% say they have become more concerned about the environmental effects of global warming over the last two years and 9% have become less concerned – 35% feel about the same.

These results are very similar to those when this question was asked in September.

Those most likely to have become more concerned were Labor voters (62%), Greens voters (78%) and people with university degrees (62%).

Countries doing enough on climate change

Dec 16, 2014

Q. As far as you know, do you think the following countries are doing enough, not enough or too much to address climate change? 

 

Doing enough

Not doing enough

Doing too much

Don’t know

Australia

26%

51%

6%

16%

USA

17%

53%

5%

25%

China

9%

63%

3%

25%

51% of respondents think Australia is not doing enough to address climate change – while 53% think the USA is not doing enough and 63% think China is not doing enough. Only 26% think that Australia is doing enough.

Those most likely to think Australia is not doing enough were aged 18-34 (57%), Greens voters (91%), Labor voters (65%) and people with university education (59%).

Turning around the Titanic

Mar 8, 2011

First published on The Drum: 08/03/2011

The media works in eight-hour news cycles, politicians live and die by three-year cycles, while the planet’s climate is working on a significantly longer time frame.

The way these three cycles interplay over the next few months will determine not only the outcome of the next federal election but whether Australia will be a beneficiary or a victim of the shift in energy use that climate change will inevitably require*.

As this week’s Essential Report shows the Government has taken a short-term hammering after it’s decision to move on a carbon price. Not only has the Government failed to win popular support for its carbon pricing scheme, this has translated into a 4 per cent turnaround in the Two Party Preferred.

Of particular concern to Labor would be the high level of strong opposition, compared to strong support for the plan and the fact that barely half of Labor voters are backing the scheme.

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