Voters want strong action on climate change

June 24, 2016
72% of voters want action on climate change.

Galaxy polling commissioned by the Climate Institute shows support for strong action on climate change is at its highest level since 2008, with uncommitted voters showing the strongest support.

Voters were dissatisfied with both Labor and Coalition climate policies, with only 17% saying the Coalition had a credible climate plan and 20% saying Labor did.

Voters agreed with the Climate Institute's assessment of the main parties' policies, which concluded the Coalition plan was “currently inadequate” and Labor's had “pathways to credibility”. They found the Greens' and Glenn Lazarus Team's policies on climate change were the strongest and most credible.

Concern about climate change had risen significantly since 2013 — from 53% to 72%. Concern among Coalition voters jumped from 41% to 62%. Uncommitted voters were the most likely to be concerned about climate change, with 76% of them either “fairly” or “very” concerned, according to the national polling of 1,100 people.

Almost two-thirds of respondents agreed Australia should be a world leader in finding solutions to climate change, up from 52% in 2012. Only 23% thought Australia should wait for other countries before strengthening its post-2020 emissions targets and 60% of voters thought delaying action would cause shocks to jobs and energy supplies.

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