Jul 1, 2014

Essential: voters sour further on Direct Action, Turnbull top of the pollies

Voters prefer an emissions trading scheme or carbon price over doing nothing on climate change - but only narrowly - while Malcolm Turnbull rates highest along the government's ministers.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Australians favour a carbon price or emissions trading scheme over other forms of climate action, but there is also strong support for doing nothing, today’s Essential Report finds.

Just 16% of voters wish to retain a carbon tax, while 22% support replacing it with an emissions trading scheme. There’s been little shift since April, when the comparable figures were 17% and 22%, or from October 2013, when they were 15% and 21%. But 33% prefer doing nothing at all, a rise since April of 3 points. Support for the Coalition’s “Direct Action” scheme — now facing defeat in the Senate — has slumped to 9%, while last October it was 15%. Even Liberal voters have soured further  on “Direct Action”, with just 20% of Liberal voters backing it — just 2 points more than combined support for a carbon tax or emissions trading scheme. “Other”/Palmer United Party voters are the strongest supporters of doing nothing, with 49% backing not acting on climate change (which will be the outcome of last week’s Clive Palmer stunt), even more so than Liberal voters (45%).

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12 thoughts on “Essential: voters sour further on Direct Action, Turnbull top of the pollies

  1. Joe Magill

    how on earth can 38% approve of Morrison? What is it about Lib/Nat voters that 70% approve of him???

  2. Coaltopia

    Love the quotation marks.

    Easy to hate on Hunt, but he’s powerless. It’s Bishop that has the clout on international binding carbon targets etc, and by all accounts has blocked Greg from doing anything. But then where’s the real denier-power-bloc? IPA? Minchin and mates?

    Could the same ‘hamstrungness’ be said of Turnbull on NBN?

    Just wait until Brandis brandishes his 3-strikes piracy law that even Singapore dumped. He should get top bidding then.

    And after that, the High Courts might rule in September against the bikies that the assumption of freedom of association isn’t to be. That’d drop their standings a bit, unlike when they allowed indefinite detention and maybe the reason Morrison isn’t hated more (we just don’t “care” about refugees).

  3. klewso

    If he stood on his principles Hunt still couldn’t see the top of the table.

  4. Chris Johnson

    You could knock me over with a feather – Scott Morrison’s approval rating is mid-range?

  5. Alsop Lombardi

    Hockey, Bishop, Pyne and Hunt are Abbott lackeys and maybe excepting Hockey (to be fair) each have the personality of a stuffed Tony Abbott. Turnbull should have a second go at the leadership and show Bolt and Jones that he can be as right as the next stuffed Tony Abbott.

  6. GLJ

    Its so hard to decide between Pyne & Morrison & Hunt. Bitterness vs. Revenge. Such attributes….

  7. MJPC

    I am a bit confused (but then why is that not the case with every voter and this government). I can understand lack of support for Hunt’s DA; dung by any other name still looks/smells like dung.
    16% wish to retain the carbon tax, would the 33% wanting nothing at all be included with the 16% carbon taxers as they are content with what is happening at present? Or are the 33% part of the group who see the end is nigh and nothing mankind does will change the inevitable?

  8. AR

    Is there one, just one, of that cohort whom you would employ to collect garbage or walk the dog.
    Correction, no way would I entrust my dog to such creatures.

  9. Adam Ford

    What money will you give me that approximately 98% of the 22% who support replacing the carbon tax with an emissions trading scheme have absolutely no idea what that means?

    Given the “carbon tax” is already scheduled to transition to a floating price, and has always been based on a “cap and trade” regime, that distinction is completely meaningless. And frankly no intelligent pollster should even be serving it up.

    All of which goes to show how dumb it was that Gillard ever even let the phrase “carbon tax” gain any currency. However, “Carbon Tax bad, ETS good” just identifies the proponent as having zero idea what they are even talking about.

  10. Margaret Ludowyk

    They are all liars and Turnbull has joined the wrong party

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