Climate Change and Natural Disasters

Feb 14, 2011

Q. Does the extreme nature of the recent floods and cyclone make it more or less important for Australia to take action to address climate change or does it make no difference?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total more important 49% 60% 35% 83%
Total no difference/less important 47% 38% 63% 14%
Much more important 27% 35% 16% 59%
A little more important 22% 25% 19% 24%
Makes no difference 44% 37% 57% 12%
A little less important 1% * 1% 2%
Much less important 3% * 6%
Don’t know 4% 2% 2% 4%

49% believe that the extreme nature of the recent floods and cyclone make it more important for Australia to take action to address climate change and 47% think it makes no difference or is less important.

Opinions tend to be related to voting intention – 60% of Labor voters and 83% of Greens voters believe it is more important, while 63% of Liberal/National voters think it makes no difference or is less important.  55% of respondents aged under 35 think it is more important compared to 39% of those aged 65+

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Flood Response

Feb 7, 2011

Q. The Federal Government has announced a one-off levy on tax-payers and cuts in spending to fund the damage from the recent floods across Australia. Do you agree or disagree with each of the following actions they have taken?

Total agree Total disagree Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
A levy on taxpayers earning over $50,000 44% 50% 14% 30% 23% 27% 7%
Scrapped cash for clunkers (Grants for owners of old cars to buy new cars) 59% 29% 24% 35% 18% 11% 11%
Scrapped the Green Car innovation fund 43% 39% 16% 27% 25% 14% 17%
Deferred grants for development of carbon capture and storage technology 45% 40% 17% 28% 26% 14% 16%
Deferred or capped grants for solar energy programs 32% 56% 10% 22% 33% 23% 12%
Scrapped Higher Education Capital Development Pool (for building new tertiary education centres) 31% 51% 9% 22% 33% 18% 17%

Respondents were more likely to agree with the Government decisions to scrap cash for clunkers (59% agree/29% disagree), scrap the Green Car innovation fund (43%/39%) and defer grants for development of carbon capture and storage technology (45%/40%).

However, they tended to disagree with the levy on taxpayers earning over $50,000 (50% disagree/44% agree), defer or cap grants for solar energy programs (56%/32%) and scrap Higher Education Capital Development Pool (51%/31%).

70% of Labor voters agreed with the levy and 26% disagreed while Coalition supporters disagreed 69% to 24% agreed. Older respondents were more likely to agree with the levy – 50% of those aged 45+ agreed and 43% disagreed. For those aged under 45, 38% agreed and 53% disagreed.

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Flood Response – Parties

Feb 7, 2011

Q. Who do you think has the best approach to funding the damage from the recent floods across Australia?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Julia Gillard and the Labor Party 36% 79% 4% 55%
Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party 28% 3% 60% 8%
Don’t know 36% 19% 36% 37%

Q. Who would you trust most to manage the program of rebuilding infrastructure after the recent floods across Australia?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Julia Gillard and the Labor Party 36% 78% 3% 63%
Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party 35% 5% 75% 6%
Don’t know 29% 17% 22% 31%

Overall, respondents tend to favour the approach of Julia Gillard in funding the flood damage – 36% prefer the Labor Party approach, 28% the Liberal party and 36% don’t know.

However, in terms of managing the rebuilding of infrastructure, 36% favour Julia Gillard and the Labor Party and 35% favour Tony Abbott and the Liberal party.

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Floods and Climate Change

Feb 7, 2011

Q. Do you think the recent floods across Australia were linked to climate change or were they just a natural occurrence?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Linked to climate change 31% 42% 18% 68%
Just a natural occurrence 59% 49% 76% 28%
Don’t know 10% 9% 6% 4%

31% believed that the recent floods were linked to climate change and 59% think they were just a natural occurrence.

Those most likely to think they were a natural occurrence were aged 55+ (72%) and residents of Queensland (69%). Among those aged 18-34, 43% thought the floods were linked to climate change and 44% thought they were a natural occurrence.

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Flood Levy

Jan 31, 2011

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Government introducing a one-off levy on taxpayers to pay for damage caused by the recent floods? (Question commissioned by Network Ten)

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Queensland NSW Victoria Other states
Total approve 39% 63% 23% 48% 46% 35% 37% 43%
Total disapprove 53% 31% 73% 41% 46% 57% 56% 51%
Strongly approve 12% 24% 3% 19% 11% 10% 12% 14%
Approve 27% 39% 20% 29% 35% 25% 25% 27%
Disapprove 24% 20% 28% 21% 21% 25% 27% 22%
Strongly disapprove 29% 11% 45% 20% 25% 32% 29% 29%
Don’t know 8% 6% 5% 10% 9% 8% 6% 9%

39% approved of the Government introducing a one-off levy on taxpayers to pay for damage caused by the recent floods and 53% disapproved.

63% of Labor voters approved but Liberal/National voters strongly disapproved (73%).

Queensland residents were more likely to approve than residents of other states.

By income, those earning under $52,000 per year disapproved 47% to 44% approved and those earning over $52,000 disapproved 57% to 38% approved.

Question commissioned by Ten network.

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Funding Flood Damage

Jan 31, 2011

Q. Which of the following do you think is the best way for the Government to pay for the damage caused by the recent floods?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Introduce a one-off levy 22% 42% 9% 22%
Sell off Medibank Private 2% 1% 4% 2%
Scrap or postpone the NBN (National Broadband Network) 28% 11% 48% 10%
Postpone returning the budget to surplus 24% 26% 23% 27%
Raise taxes on mining company profits 10% 10% 6% 23%
None of them 7% 5% 7% 9%
Don’t know 7% 5% 3% 7%

Overall, there was no clearly preferred means of funding the flood damage. The most supported ways to fund flood damage were to scrap or postpone the NBN (28%), postpone returning the budget to surplus (24%) and introducing a one-off levy (22%). Only 2% favoured selling Medibank Private. Labor voters favoured the levy (42%) and Liberal/National voters favoured scrapping or postponing the NBN (48%).

Greens voters were split between postponing the return to surplus (27%), a tax on mining company profits (23%) and introducing a levy (22%).

Scrapping or postponing the NBN was strongly favoured by those aged 55+ (40%).

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Floods – Leadership

Jan 24, 2011

Q. Thinking about the recent floods across Australia, how would you rate each of the following for providing leadership in dealing with the floods?

Total good Total poor Very good Good Average Poor Very poor Don’t know
Prime Minister Julia Gillard 42% 23% 15% 27% 28% 10% 13% 7%
Opposition leader Tony Abbott 19% 32% 4% 15% 36% 19% 13% 13%
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh 77% 6% 52% 25% 11% 3% 3% 6%
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh (Qld) 71% 9% 48% 23% 17% 2% 7% 3%
Brisbane Mayor Campbell Newman 61% 4% 28% 33% 16% 2% 2% 19%
Brisbane Mayor Campbell Newman (Qld) 75% 7% 46% 29% 14% 2% 5% 4%
Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu 34% 8% 8% 26% 26% 4% 4% 32%
Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu (Victoria) 47% 12% 10% 37% 27% 6% 6% 14%
NSW Premier Kristina Keneally 21% 23% 4% 17% 28% 11% 12% 29%
NSW Premier Kristina Keneally (NSW) 13% 40% 4% 9% 30% 18% 22% 18%

Nationally, 42% think the Prime Minister Julia Gillard provided good leadership and 23% poor – while the Opposition leader Tony Abbott was rated good by 19% and poor by 32%. In Queensland Julia Gillard rated 42% good/26% poor.

Nationally the Queensland Premier Anna Bligh was rated 77% good/6% poor and in Queensland 71% good/9% poor. The Mayor of Brisbane Campbell Newman was rated a little lower nationally (61%/4%) but slightly higher in Queensland (75%/7%).

In Victoria, the Premier Ted Bailieu was rated 47% good/12% poor and in NSW, Premier Kristina Keneally was rated 13% good/40% poor

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