Polling shows national concern for tackling climate change

Australians overwhelmingly wish to see Australia take an international leadership role in tackling climate change, a national poll has showed.

The pre-election polling, completed by the Climate Institute,  was conducted on 2-6 June 2016. The results also indicate an increase in concern about climate change and strong views among uncommitted voters.

Concern about climate change among Coalition voters surged 50 per cent since the 2013 election from 41 to 62 per cent. Concern among regional Australians jumped from 48 per cent to 73 per cent.

Additionally, three quarters of Australians now think climate change is taking place, up from 70 per cent last year, 66 per cent in 2013 and 64 per cent in 2012.

The results come as the outcome of the Federal Election remains in doubt, with the Coalition expected to scrape a small majority of seats.

A ReachTEL survey of 2400 people, conducted in May, showed that 56.4 per cent of people want the government to do more on climate change while 27.8 per cent think the current settings are right and 9.9 per cent want less action.

The poll also found 61.9 per cent of people agree that the burning of fossil fuels causes global warming and is destroying the Great Barrier Reef, while 23.2 per cent disagree and 14.9 per cent don’t know.

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