Coal vs renewables

Jul 21, 2015

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Governments should prioritise support for the coal industry over the renewable energy industry

6%

3%

14%

2%

Government should prioritise support for the renewable energy industry over the coal industry

50%

56%

39%

89%

56%

The Government should treat both industries equally

28%

28%

35%

5%

34%

Don’t know

15%

13%

12%

6%

8%

50% of respondents agree more with the statement that the Government should prioritise support for the renewable energy industry over the coal industry and only 6% think they should prioritise coal over renewables. 28% think they should treat both industries equally.

Those most likely to think the Government should give priority to renewable energy were Greens voters (89%) and respondents with university education (59%).

Coal vs renewables – Government priorities

Jul 21, 2015

Q. And which of the following statements do you think is closer to the Federal Government’s current position?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

The Government prioritises the coal industry over the renewable energy industry

49%

59%

38%

81%

51%

The Government prioritises the renewable energy industry over the coal industry

12%

10%

16%

10%

8%

The Government treats both industries equally

13%

9%

20%

18%

Don’t know

27%

23%

26%

9%

23%

49% of respondents agree more with the statement that the Government prioritises the coal industry over the renewable energy industry and only 12% think they prioritise the renewable energy industry over the coal industry. 13% think they treat both industries equally.

Those most likely to think the Government prioritises the coal industry were Greens voters (81%) and Labor voters (59%).

Expansion of coal industry

Dec 16, 2014

Q. Do you think Australia should or should not continue to expand our coal industry – including approving new mines and building railway lines and ports? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Should continue to expand

34%

30%

52%

9%

26%

Should not continue to expand

40%

46%

26%

83%

48%

Don’t know

26%

24%

21%

8%

25%

40% believe that Australia’s coal industry should not continue to expand and 34% think it should.

Highest support for continued expansion of the coal industry came from Liberal/National voters (52%), men (39%) and aged 65+ (43%).

46% of Labor voters and 83% of Greens voters thought the coal industry should not continue to expand.

Approval of port expansion in Great Barrier Reef

Feb 18, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the decision to allow expansion of the Abbot Point coal port in the Great Barrier Reef?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

17%

14%

20%

4%

22%

Total disapprove

66%

72%

59%

85%

64%

Strongly approve

4%

3%

5%

4%

Approve

13%

11%

15%

4%

18%

Disapprove

25%

23%

31%

14%

20%

Strongly disapprove

41%

49%

28%

71%

44%

Don’t know

18%

14%

21%

11%

14%

17% approve of the decision to allow expansion of the Abbot Point coal port in the Great Barrier Reef and 66% disapprove.

74% of women disapproved compared to 57% of men.

In Queensland, 24% approve and 57% disapprove.