Environment high on list of worries for half of Aussie voters

Credit: Jamie Kidston, ANU Regrowth on tree.
18 February 2020

The environment has rocketed up to either number one or two on the list of worries for about half of Australian voters, according to a new poll from The Australian National University (ANU).

The January 2020 ANUpoll also found the greatest drop in support for new coal mines was among Australian adults who voted for the Coalition at last year's Federal Election - from 72 per cent support in June 2019 to 57 per cent in January 2020.

Lead researcher Professor Nicolas Biddle said the poll asked a nationally representative sample of more than 3,000 Australians about their views on a range of environmental issues in the wake of the country's unprecedented recent bushfires.

"Around half of respondents said the environment was the most important or second most important issue - compared to almost 42 per cent in October 2019," he said.

"There was a large increase in the amount of people who said global warming or the greenhouse effect would have an effect on them - 72 per cent in January 2020 compared to 56 per cent in 2008. 

"There was also a general increase in the predicted impact and seriousness of a range of environmental issues, over both the short and the long term."

Read the full article on the ANU website, featuring commentary by Professor Nicholas Biddle