Great Barrier Reef

Dec 16, 2014

Q. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has indicated it might declare the Great Barrier Reef “in danger” due to the impact of climate change, crown of thorns starfish and port development. The Australian Government says the Reef is not in danger and they are doing enough to preserve it. Who do you agree with more?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

UNESCO World Heritage Committee

55%

69%

34%

86%

63%

Australian Government

20%

12%

38%

1%

17%

Don’t know

25%

19%

29%

13%

20%

55% agree more with the UNESCO World Heritage Committee that the Great Barrier Reef is in danger and 20% agree more that the Government is doing enough to preserve it.

Labor voters (69%) and Greens voters (86%) are much more likely to agree with the World Heritage Committee while Liberal/National voters are split 34% UNESCO and 38% Government.

Importance of environmental issues

Aug 12, 2014

Q. How important are the following environmental issues to you?

 

Total import-ant

Total not import-ant

 

Very import-ant

Moder-ately import-ant

 

Import -ant

Vote Labor

Import -ant

Vote Lib/ Nat

Import -ant

Vote Greens

Import -ant

Vote Other

Protecting the Great Barrier Reef

91%

7%

58%

33%

94%

89%

94%

90%

Protecting endangered species

87%

11%

49%

38%

91%

83%

89%

87%

Cutting air and water  pollution

87%

11%

46%

41%

91%

83%

89%

85%

Protecting  native forests

86%

11%

45%

41%

91%

83%

91%

87%

Deforestation (for timber and paper)

80%

17%

35%

45%

83%

76%

77%

76%

Strengthen environmental protection laws

77%

20%

35%

42%

84%

69%

88%

79%

Deforestation (for palm oil products)

74%

22%

37%

37%

78%

67%

82%

75%

Population growth

73%

25%

33%

40%

72%

77%

67%

74%

Addressing climate change

71%

27%

37%

34%

84%

57%

85%

67%

The most important environmental issues were protecting the Great Barrier Reef (91%), protecting endangered species (87%), cutting air and water pollution (87%) and protecting native forests (86%). All issues were thought to be important by over 70% of respondents.

The ranking of issues was similar across party voting groups except for –

  • Addressing climate change, which was rated more important by Labor voters (84%) and Greens voters (85%) but lower by Liberal/National voters (57%).
  • Strengthen environmental protection laws, which was rated more important by Labor voters (84%) and Greens voters (88%).

Population growth, which was rated more important by Liberal/National voters (77%).

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.

Oil Leak Near The Kimberley Coast

Nov 9, 2009

Q. Thinking about the oil rig off the Kimberley coast which has recently caught fire after leaking oil and gas into the ocean for 10 weeks – do agree or disagree that if the oil spill had occurred near an area like the Great Barrier Reef, the Federal Government would have done much more to prevent damage to the marine environment?

%
Total agree 75%
Total disagree 7%
Strongly agree 41%
Somewhat agree 34%
Somewhat disagree 6%
Strongly disagree 1%
Don’t know 17%

75% of people agree that the Federal Government should have done much more to prevent damage to the marine environment after the recent oil spill off the Kimberley coast.

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