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%).