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AustraliaPoll reveals climate change key issue for more than half of voters

16:25  11 may  2019
16:25  11 may  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Climate change is a major factor in how more than half of Australians will vote at the upcoming federal election, according to the results of an exclusive poll conducted for Nine News. And more than two-thirds of voters regard action on climate change as an investment in the future, rather than a

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Climate change is a major factor in how more than half of Australians will vote at the upcoming federal election, according to the results of an exclusive poll conducted for Nine News.

Poll reveals climate change key issue for more than half of voters© AAP A climate change rally by young people in Sydney last week

And more than two-thirds of voters regard action on climate change as an investment in the future, rather than a cost to the economy.

It also appears there could be a mood for change among voters - with only 40 percent of those surveyed feeling Australia is heading in the right direction.

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Poll reveals climate change key issue for more than half of voters© AAP Climate change is a major factor in how more than half of Australians will vote at the upcoming federal election, according to the results of an exclusive poll conducted for Nine News.

While the fight itself isn't new, dividing political allies for decades, it has increased in ferocity as the May 18 finish line approaches.

But while political leaders squabble, voters appear more certain on the direction Australia should be taking on climate change.

A Roy Morgan SMS Survey commissioned by the non-partisan, not-for-profit Australian Futures Project, on behalf of Nine News, asked 1133 Australian adults "Is action on climate change a major factor in your vote?"

Poll reveals climate change key issue for more than half of voters© Nine The survey found women were more likely to consider action on climate change when casting a vote, and two-thirds of voters aged 18 to 24 were concerned about it.

More than 53 percent responded yes, while 46.5 percent said no.

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The survey found women were more likely to consider action on climate change when casting a vote, and two-thirds of voters aged 18 to 24 were concerned about it.

Australian Futures Project Executive Director, Ralph Ashton told Nine News the results indicated older Australians were less concerned.

"But still, for 50 percent of Australians it's a big issue in how they'll vote, and that rises to 66 or 67 percent for young people," he said.

Poll reveals climate change key issue for more than half of voters© AAP Prime Minister Scott Morrison campaigning this weekend.

"Serious and honest action on climate change, this data tells us, is a great opportunity for politicians on all sides to rebuild trust with the community, to show the community politicians are listening to the people and show the public that politicians care about the long-term outcome."

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Poll reveals climate change key issue for more than half of voters© AAP Opposition leader Bill Shorten and Labor Senator Kristina Keneally play with Labrador puppies Bill and Beau during a visit to Guide Dogs Victoria in Melbourne,

Sixty-seven percent said it was an investment in the future, while 25.5 percent said it was a cost to the economy.

Seven and a half percent saw it as an insurance policy.

While both sides of politics agree that action should be taken, they disagree on the approach or the importance of the cost.

Poll reveals climate change key issue for more than half of voters© AAP The economy is a big issue for voters.

The Coalition claims it can manage both the economy and the environment, saying it's on track to meet its emissions reduction targets of a 26 percent reduction on 2005 levels by 2030.

Labor wants to increase the target to 45 percent - and has been under pressure to reveal the cost of its policy.

But it says it's impossible, because it is a pollution limit, not a carbon price.

In the third and final leaders' debate at the National Press Club in Canberra this week, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said it was a "dishonest question" to ask about the cost to the economy.

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Poll reveals climate change key issue for more than half of voters© Nine

"The idea you look at the investments in new energy without looking at the consequences of not acting on climate change is a charlatan argument, it's a crooked charlatan argument," he said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison argued it was "shifty" of the Opposition Leader to assume there was no action already being taken on climate change.

Poll reveals climate change key issue for more than half of voters© Nine

"Action is being taken," he said.

But climate change isn't the number one concern for Australian voters.

Cost of living tops the list, according to data gathered by Roy Morgan for the Australian Futures Project.

"They were speaking to 1000 people in their homes every week for 30 months since the last federal election," Mr Ashton said.

"The found the second biggest concern was healthcare, third was open and honest government, fourth was climate change and fifth was managing the economy."

And a separate survey revealed many voters felt it was time for change.

Poll reveals climate change key issue for more than half of voters© AAP Climate Change is a key voting issue.

More than 800 voters were asked if they felt things in Australia were heading in the right direction, or seriously in the wrong direction.

Forty percent of respondents said it was moving in the right direction, 41 percent replied it was heading in the wrong direction, and 19 percent couldn't say.

Half of the Coalition voters who replied believed things were on the right track, compared to 32 percent who said they were seriously on the wrong track.

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Climate change has already harmed almost half of the world’s endangered mammals, far more than previously thought, a recent study found. It also appears there could be a mood for change among voters - with only 40 percent of those surveyed feeling Australia is heading in the right direction.

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Labor voters were more evenly split - with 42 percent saying things were going right, and 41 percent saying they weren't.

Voters in Tasmania, Western Australia, and Victoria were the most positive about the direction things are headed.

Queensland voters were less positive - half of those surveyed said things were seriously heading the wrong way, compared to 33 percent who believed things were on track.

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