Today, the majority of Australians (52%) see terrorism, wars and security issues as the most important problems facing the world. Environmental issues rank third (at 12%) behind economic issues (16%) as world problems.

Terrorism and security issues also top the list as most important issues facing Australia, albeit mentioned by fewer people (21%). For Australia, environmental issues at 15% are just ahead of economic issues at 14%.

An estimated 2.4 million Australians (14.5%) believe when it comes to global warming, “it is already too late”, while 67% (11 million) agree “if we don’t act now it will be too late”, 13.5% (2.2 million) consider “concerns are exaggerated” and 5% can’t say. These views are echoed by opinion leaders and special interest groups surveyed by Roy Morgan.

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