Support for climate action and renewable energy grows: poll


The Lowy Institute's annual poll on Australian attitudes to the world and global issues for 2018 has shown that support for climate action and renewable energy continues to grow.

In response to the survey’s questions on climate and energy, 59% of respondents agreed with the statement: “climate change is a serious and pressing problem. We should begin taking steps now even if this involves significant costs.”

This represents an increase of 5 percentage points from 2017, and a consistent increase in support for this statement over the past six years. It suggests that support for climate action in Australia is bouncing back towards its high point of 68% seen in the first set of Lowy Polls in 2006.

Public support for a large-scale energy transition in Australia is even more emphatic than support for climate action.

According to the Lowy poll, which involved a nationally representative sample of 1,200 adults, 84% of Australians support the statement that “the government should focus on renewables, even if this means we may need to invest more in infrastructure to make the system more reliable”.

More information about the 2018 Lowy Institute Poll is here.

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