Survey among Australian voters finds overwhelming support for climate action

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CANBERRA, March 25 (Xinhua) — A vast majority of Australian voters support action on climate change, a survey has found.

The study, published by researchers from Australian National University (ANU) on Thursday, examined the attitudes towards climate change of more than 2,000 voters.

It found that more than 80 percent of respondents said it is important for Australia to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

That figure included 70 percent of participants who voted for the conservative governing Coalition.

However, less government voters considered climate action extremely important than supporters of the Labor Party or Greens.

“For example, 73 percent of those voting for Labor or the Greens see Australian action to reduce emissions as extremely important, while only one quarter, 26 percent, of conservative voters think it’s extremely important,” lead author Bec Colvin from ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy said in a media release.

Almost three quarters of respondents said that they would be willing to incur a personal cost to reduce emissions but that figure fell dramatically when respondents were asked if they would incur a significant personal cost.

About one quarter of progressive voters said they would, compared to 5 percent of conservatives.

“This tells us support for strong climate policy action may be limited by voters’ preparedness to incur personal costs, especially among conservative voters,” Colvin said.

“About half of Australian voters also reported that climate change was important when deciding their vote in the 2019 federal election. But it was the most important issue for just 14 percent of voters.” Enditem

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