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Strong Backing For Government Action on Climate

An online survey by Ipsos Social Research, released today by the Climate Institute, found very low support (28 per cent) for carbon pricing but strong backing for government action on climate. More than two-thirds (67 per cent) thought the Federal Government should be taking a leading role on climate change; only 11 per cent thought it should take no action. The survey of 1131, done in late May ahead of the July 1 start of the carbon tax, is part of the institute’s Climate of the Nation 2012 report. The results show much scepticism and confusion in the community on the carbon issue including:

  • Only 28 per cent think Labor has an effective plan to get a 5 per cent reduction in greenhouse gases
  • Only 14 per cent believe the Coalition has an effective plan
  • Only 44 per cent think the carbon price legislation would be repealed if the Coalition wins the election
  • Forty eight per cent agreed the Coalition should repeal the carbon price legislation (26 per cent disagreed)
  • Eighty one per cent placed solar energy within their top three preferred energy options; wind was the second most preferred      option with 59 per cent. Two-thirds (66 per cent) placed coal in their      least preferred three options, slightly more than nuclear at 64 per cent.
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