Australian concern about climate change has ebbed and flowed over the past decade. In 2020, the majority of Australians (59%) continue to view climate change as a critical threat to Australia’s vital interests in the coming decade. However, some concern about climate change may have been overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic uncertainty. In 2020, 56% of Australians say ‘global warming is a serious and pressing problem. We should begin taking steps now even if this involves significant costs.’ This is five points lower than in 2019, and 12 points below the peak of concern in 2006 when 68% expressed this view. Eight in ten Australians say that the Australian government should focus on renewables, even if we need to invest more in infrastructure to make the system more reliable.
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There is a controversy over what the countries of the world, including Australia, should do about the problem of global warming. Please tell me which statement comes closest to your own point of view?
Below is a list of possible threats to the vital interest of Australia in the next ten years. Do you see this as a critical threat, an important but not critical threat, or not an important threat at all?
In the lead up to the 2015 UN climate change conference in Paris 2015, which one of the following two statements most closely represents your own view of the approach the Australian government should take in international climate negotiations?
Thinking now about the legislation the Gillard Labor government passed last year introducing a fixed price on carbon that will then lead to an Emissions Trading Scheme. Are you personally in favour or against this legislation? Is that strongly or somewhat?
And if a Liberal Nationals Coalition government is elected at the next Federal election, would you personally be in favour or against that Coalition government removing the Emissions Trading Scheme set up by the Gillard Labor Government? Is that strongly or somewhat?
Should Australia only export uranium to countries that have signed the global Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty?