Nov 30, 2007 - 7:08am
Research conducted for the Climate Institute after polling closed
last Saturday shows that marginal seat voters who gave their vote to the
ALP want more than just Kyoto ratification, with 85% wanting Australia
to be a leader in international action and negotiations, and 93% wanting
Australia to reverse its rising greenhouse pollution in five years
compared to 81% backing Kyoto ratification. Climate change was a key
differentiating factor between the two major parties at the election.
ratification is a very important and welcome step but Australians are
hungry for more decisive action to reverse our own rising pollution
within five years and want us to lead the international task to avoid
dangerous global warming,” said John Connor, Chief Executive, The
Climate Institute. “And that means backing those countries which are
focusing on avoiding more than two degrees global warming at Bali.”
change rated as the third most important distinguishing factor for
marginal seats voters, with half of all voters believing there was a
large difference between the parties on climate change and that they saw
a greater difference on that issue than on economy, health, education,
interest rates or national security.
Only industrial relations
(76%) and leadership (60%) were issues on which a greater number of
people thought there was a large difference between the two major
The research also showed the fluctuation in views about
which party was the better party to manage climate change. Although the
ALP was always considered to be better, the proportion of people who
held that view varied over the course of the year.
In a national
poll in March this year just 38% thought the ALP was the better party,
compared with 15% who preferred the Coalition. By August a poll of
marginal seats voters showed 42% thought Labor was better than the
Coalition (20%), this fell during the campaign to ALP 35%, Coalition 15%
after confusion about approaches to developing countries’ emissions,
but recovered to 47%, with the Coalition on 13% by Election Day.
was strong support from all voters for other decisive policies
including energy efficiency targets 85%, greenhouse reduction targets of
at least 20% by 2020 (85%) and 80% by 2050 (80%) and ensuring all new
electricity comes from clean energy (82%).
Climate change was also
significant for voters who decided how they would vote during the
campaign, not before it started. Of the 44% of marginal seat voters in
this category, 26% ranked climate change in their top two issues,
compared with 19% of those who had decided before the campaign
“With both major parties seeking to move on climate
change by ratifying the Kyoto Protocol (see Bali Media Briefing), they
need to listen to the Australian public who want that backed by decisive
action on reversing rising greenhouse pollution within five years and
international leadership to avoid dangerous global warming of more than
2?C (on pre-industrial levels).
poll was conducted by the Australian Research Group (ARG) using a
sample of 984 voters and was conducted from 6pm on Saturday the 24th
November until Tuesday the 27th November, 2007 in eight marginal seats
in NSW (Bennelong, Wentworth, Lindsey, Eden-Monaro), Queensland (Petrie,
Bowman) and South Australia (Makin, Sturt).