Climate of the Nation 2016 Attitudes to climate change

Synopsis

Sep 26, 2016 - 12:01am

The Climate Institute has been conducting our annual Climate of the Nation attitudinal research since 2007. It is the longest continuous survey of community attitudes about climate change. We have charted the views of Australians about matters relating to climate change and energy policy, through the ups and downs of changing weather patterns, related natural disasters and the waxing and waning of the political landscape.

This year's research, conducted by polling over 2,000 people across the country, as well as holding focus groups in Brisbane, Melbourne and Newcastle, once again benchmarks the views of everyday Australians on these key issues. And we compare and contrast them to the findings over these past years.

Click here for the report press release.

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Who is responsible? Who should take a leading role? Who is doing a good job?
Australians increasingly trust the science and that climate change is occurring.
Animation contrasts Australians' support for solar energy vs coal-fired generation.
Public support for coal and gas continues to decline.
Australians' support for renewable energy continues to grow.
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 Factsheets


Preferred Energy Sources
 (PDF 60KB)
This factsheet looks at Australians' preferred energy sources.

Demographic Highlights (PDF 51KB)
This factsheet provides some insights into male vs female attitudes and explores differences at how younger and older generations view climate change.  

Concern About Impacts of Climate Change (PDF 75KB)
This factsheet looks at regional differences on attitudes towards various impacts.

Responsibilities, Performance and Carbon Pricing (PDF 63KB)
This factsheet looks at who Australians think is responsible for leading action on climate change and how those groups are performing. Political parties' performance is discussed.

 

 Other Videos


Climate of the Nation 2012 - Overview

The Climate Institute's CEO John Connor discusses the report's key findings.

Climate of the Nation 2012 - Polling Review
Stuart Clark of Ipsos Social Research Institute discusses the quantitative (polling) approach and key findings.

 

Presentation

 

Review or download the key findings on SlideShare.

 

Qualitative + Quantitative Background

Key quantitative questions behind Climate of the Nation 2012, from polling conducted by Ipsos Social Research Institute.

Final qualitative report underpinning Climate of the Nation 2012, conducted by JWS Research.

 

 Thanks  

 
This project was conducted in partnership with Pacific Hydro. The text contributions by Net Balance and GE are also appreciated. 

- See more at: http://www.climateinstitute.org.au/climate-of-the-nation-2012.html/section/479#sthash.SeHhoSKV.dpuf

 Factsheets


Preferred Energy Sources
 (PDF 60KB)
This factsheet looks at Australians' preferred energy sources.

Demographic Highlights (PDF 51KB)
This factsheet provides some insights into male vs female attitudes and explores differences at how younger and older generations view climate change.  

Concern About Impacts of Climate Change (PDF 75KB)
This factsheet looks at regional differences on attitudes towards various impacts.

Responsibilities, Performance and Carbon Pricing (PDF 63KB)
This factsheet looks at who Australians think is responsible for leading action on climate change and how those groups are performing. Political parties' performance is discussed.

 

 Other Videos


Climate of the Nation 2012 - Overview

The Climate Institute's CEO John Connor discusses the report's key findings.

Climate of the Nation 2012 - Polling Review
Stuart Clark of Ipsos Social Research Institute discusses the quantitative (polling) approach and key findings.

 

Presentation

 

Review or download the key findings on SlideShare.

 

Qualitative + Quantitative Background

Key quantitative questions behind Climate of the Nation 2012, from polling conducted by Ipsos Social Research Institute.

Final qualitative report underpinning Climate of the Nation 2012, conducted by JWS Research.

 

 Thanks  

 
This project was conducted in partnership with Pacific Hydro. The text contributions by Net Balance and GE are also appreciated. 

- See more at: http://www.climateinstitute.org.au/climate-of-the-nation-2012.html/section/479#sthash.SeHhoSKV.dpuf

Additional Resources

Climate of the Nation 2016 Foreword
Forword by The Climate Institute CEO John Connor.

Climate of the Nation 2016 Executive Summary
Summary of the report's major findings from our benchmark research of Australian attitudes to climate change, related policies and solutions.

Views on Australia's ideal energy mix
Factsheet highlights that Australians strongly back renewable energy.

Responsibility, performance & leadership
Factsheet examining who Australians think is responsible for leading action on climate change and how those groups are performing.

Regional differences in views on climate change
Factsheet outlining geographic differences in attitudes towards climate change and its impacts.

Demographic highlights: gender & age
Factsheet that provides insights into attitudes across gender and explores differences at how younger and older generations view climate change.

Climate of the Nation 2016 Presentation
Download a SlideShare presentation on our latest public opinion research.

Background materials

Quantitative survey
Full questionnaire behind the Climate of the Nation 2016 results.

 Thanks  

We are also grateful to the financial assistance provided by our donors and research supporters, without whose generosity this analysis would not have been possible:

  • Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation
  • Planet Wheeler Foundation
  • Stephen Whately
  • The Digger & Shirley Martin Environment Fund (a sub fund of the Australian Communities Foundation)
  • Hamer Family Fund (a sub fund of the Australian Communities Foundation)
  • Government of South Australia
  • Climate Media Centre
     

  

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