The 2019 Australian federal election will be determined by climate change policies, with a commanding majority of Australian adults viewing climate change as an existential threat to the nation, a new poll conducted for the Lowy Institute has found.
The poll tracked the changing views of Australians on climate change, with the issue now ranked as the largest threat to the country, ahead of cyberattacks, international terrorism and North Korea’s nuclear program.
Six in ten Australians now say that global warming is a serious and pressing problem [and] we should begin taking steps now even if this involves significant costs,’ up 25% from 2012 levels, and close to the peak level of concern of 68% in 2006.
Additionally the poll found:
28% say ‘the problem of global warming should be addressed, but its effects will be gradual, so we can deal with the problem gradually by taking steps that are low in cost’.
10% say ‘until we are sure that global warming is really a problem, we should not take any steps that would have economic costs’.
A majority of Australians (59%) say Labor would do a better job of managing Australia’s response to climate change than the Coalition. The Coalition is preferred on a number of other foreign policy issues, including national security and economic management.