50% renewable energy target

Aug 4, 2015

Q. The Labor Party recently committed to a target of 50% renewable energy by 2030. Do you approve or disapprove of this policy?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Total approve 65% 84% 45% 96% 59%
Total disapprove 16% 3% 35% 2% 15%
Strongly approve 25% 40% 8% 43% 20%
Approve 40% 44% 37% 53% 39%
Disapprove 9% 3% 18% 1% 8%
Strongly disapprove 7% * 17% 1% 7%
Don’t know 19% 13% 20% 3% 25%

65% approve of the Labor Party commitment to a target of 50% renewable energy by 2030 and 16% disapprove.

A very high majority of Labor voters (84%) and Greens voters (96%) approve.

Liberal/National voters were split but more likely to approve (45%) than disapprove (35%).

Electricity costs

Aug 4, 2015

Do you think a 50% renewable target will mean higher or lower electricity costs?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Approve 50% target Dis-approve 50% target
Higher costs 51% 45% 67% 42% 48% 48% 82%
Lower costs 18% 22% 11% 25% 19% 24% 10%
Much higher costs 24% 12% 42% 8% 27% 13% 71%
A little higher costs 27% 33% 25% 34% 21% 35% 11%
A little lower costs 12% 14% 8% 16% 15% 16% 5%
Much lower costs 6% 8% 3% 9% 4% 8% 5%
Make no difference to costs 11% 13% 8% 20% 13% 14% 5%
Don’t know 19% 20% 14% 14% 19% 15% 3%

51% think that a 50% renewable target will mean higher electricity costs and 18% think it will mean lower costs. 11% think it will make no difference.

Of those who approve the Labor Party’s 50% renewable target 48% think it will mean higher electricity costs and 24% think it will mean lower costs – although only 13% think it will mean much higher costs.

Renewable Energy Target

Mar 24, 2015

Q. The Renewable Energy Target scheme encourages investment in renewable energy by requiring electricity retail companies to purchase a certain amount of renewable energy each year. By the year 2020, at least 20% of electricity must come from renewable resources.

Do you think this target of 20% renewable energy by 2020 is too high, too low or about right?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote

other

 

Feb 14

Jul 14

Too high

8%

7%

11%

5%

9%

13%

13%

Too low

33%

43%

19%

61%

33%

25%

29%

About right

32%

29%

42%

25%

29%

39%

36%

Don’t know

27%

22%

28%

9%

29%

23%

22%

32% think the current renewable energy target is about right, 33% think it is too low and 8% think it is too high. Since this question was asked in July, those thinking it is too low increased 4 points and those thinking it is too high declined 5 points.

61% of Greens voters and 43% of Labor voters think it is too low.

Renewable Energy Target

Jul 15, 2014

Q. The Renewable Energy Target scheme encourages investment in renewable energy by requiring electricity retail companies to purchase a certain amount of renewable energy each year. By the year 2020, at least 20% of electricity must come from renewable resources.

Do you think this target of 20% renewable energy by 2020 is too high, too low or about right?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote

other

 

Feb 14

Too high

13%

9%

20%

5%

15%

13%

Too low

29%

33%

18%

64%

35%

25%

About right

36%

38%

42%

18%

30%

39%

Don’t know

22%

20%

19%

14%

20%

23%

36% think the current renewable energy target is about right, 29% think it is too low and 13% think it is too high. Since this question was asked in February, those thinking it is too low increased 4 points and those thinking it is about right declined 3 points.

64% of Greens voters, 33% of Labor voters and 38% of those with university education think it is too low.

Renewable energy target

Feb 25, 2014

Q. The Renewable Energy Target scheme encourages investment in renewable energy by requiring electricity retail companies to purchase a certain amount of renewable energy each year. By the year 2020, at least 20% of electricity must come from renewable resources.

Do you think this target of 20% renewable energy by 2020 is too high, too low or about right?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote

other

Too high

13%

7%

21%

10%

13%

Too low

25%

32%

15%

62%

19%

About right

39%

40%

41%

19%

49%

Don’t know

23%

20%

24%

9%

20%

39% think the current renewable energy target is about right, 25% think it is too low and 13% think it is too high.

62% of Greens voters, 32% of labor voters and 29% of those with university education think it is too low.