Environment most pressing issue for voters


Global warming and the environment are now the most pressing issues for voters ahead of the Federal election later this year, according to a new survey commissioned by Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

The poll of over 2,000 respondents show that issues surrounding the environment have overtaken the economy, health and hospitals.

The survey showed that 61 percent of people thought that Federal Government is not doing enough to limit emissions, while 55 percent would be less likely to vote for a party that uses taxpayer money to subsidise privately owned coal projects.

The release of the poll comes less than a week after government released data showed a 0.9 percent increase in total emissions in the year to September 2018.

“This summer’s bushfires and floods and the mass deaths of fish in the Darling River should serve as a major warning to politicians on all sides of Parliament that we need far greater ambition,” Greenpeace Australia Pacific CEO David Ritter said.

“Coal is a huge driver of global warming and global warming is now the number one issue for voters.”

The full polling data set can be found here

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