News ID: 153695
Published: 1028 GMT June 22, 2016

Climate change: Poll finds support for strong action at highest level

Climate change: Poll finds support for strong action at highest level

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


Despite that, voters were dissatisfied with both Labor and Coalition policies, with only 17 percent saying the Coalition had a credible climate plan and only 20 percent saying Labor did.

Those findings fitted with an assessment of the main parties’ policies conducted by the Climate Institute, which concluded the Coalition plan was currently inadequate” and Labor’s merely had 'pathways to credibility'. They found the Greens’ and Glenn Lazarus Team’s policies on climate change were the strongest and most credible, the Guardian reported.

Concern about climate change rose significantly since the last federal election, from 53 percent in 2013 to 72 percent in 2016. Concern among Coalition voters jumped the most, from 41 percent in 2013 to 62 percent now.

But uncommitted voters were the most likely to be concerned about climate change, with 76 percent 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 percent in 2012. Only 23 percent thought Australia should wait for other countries before strengthening its post-2020 emissions targets. And 60 percent of voters thought delaying action would cause shocks to jobs and energy supplies.

The Climate Institute also assessed what they described as the credibility of the parties contesting government or they thought were likely to be re-elected to the Senate.

Each of the six parties was assessed on the basis of their 2030 emissions reduction targets and their timeframe for achieving net zero emissions. The Climate Institute also looked at the implications for global warming if all countries matched that party’s targets and how Australia would rank on per capita emissions among the G20 if that party’s policies were adopted.

The Greens and the Glenn Lazarus Team came out as being ranked equally among G20 nations, with their policies putting Australia eighth among G20 nations and causing a temperature rise of between 1.5°C and 2°C.

The Coalition was at the bottom of parties that had a climate policy, putting Australia at 18th spot among G20 nations and resulting in temperature rises of between 3°C and 4°C.



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