Government support for energy industries

Jul 21, 2015

Q. Do you think the Federal Government gives enough or not enough support to the following?

Gives enough support

Does not give enough support

Don’t know

The coal industry

60%

12%

28%

Wind farms

18%

56%

25%

Large scale solar

15%

55%

30%

Roof top solar

21%

57%

22%

60% think that the Federal Government gives enough support to the coal industry and a majority think they do not give enough support to roof top solar (57%), wind farms (56%) or large scale solar (55%).

A majority of all voter groups think the Government gives enough support to the coal industry.
A large majority of Labor and Greens voters think the Government does not give enough support to roof top solar (Labor 67%/Greens 79%), wind farms (71%/86%) or large scale solar (66%/82%).

Liberal/National voters were more divided but were more likely to think the Government does not give enough support to large scale solar (26% enough/42% not enough), roof top solar (33%/43%) or wind farms (34%/39%).

Energy Sources

May 26, 2015

Q. Do you think Australia should put more emphasis, less emphasis or about the same emphasis as it does now on producing domestic energy from the following sources?

More emphasis

Same emphasis

Less emphasis

Don’t know

Sep 2014 More emphasis

Sep 2014 Less emphasis

Solar power

71%

14%

4%

11%

70%

3%

Wind

62%

20%

6%

12%

60%

8%

Hydro

55%

25%

4%

17%

46%

6%

Gas

22%

41%

20%

17%

23%

22%

Nuclear power

23%

25%

32%

21%

18%

41%

Coal

9%

25%

50%

16%

9%

53%

71% think Australia should put more emphasis on producing domestic energy from solar power and 62% think there should be more emphasis on wind power. A majority (50%) think there should be less emphasis on producing energy from coal.

There were few substantial differences since this question was asked in September, except for an increase for more emphasis on hydro power – up from 46% to 55%.

Energy sources

Sep 2, 2014

Q. Do you think Australia should put more emphasis, less emphasis or about the same emphasis as it does now on producing domestic energy from the following sources?

 

 

More emphasis

Same emphasis

Less emphasis

Don’t know

Solar power

70%

21%

3%

5%

Wind

60%

26%

8%

6%

Hydro

46%

39%

6%

9%

Gas

23%

47%

22%

8%

Nuclear power

18%

26%

41%

15%

Coal

9%

31%

53%

8%

70% think Australia should put more emphasis on producing domestic energy from solar power and 60% think there should be more emphasis on wind power. A majority (53%) think there should be less emphasis on producing energy from coal.

There were few significant differences across demographic groups. Those aged 55+ were a little more likely to want more emphasis on solar (74%) and less emphasis on coal (64%).