Essential Research has more polling today on the complex politics of climate change. There is still a small plurality - 47% versus 43% – in favour of taking action on climate change soon, and only 19% who say that we don’t need to take any action at all. That latter figure is consistent with the 18% Newspoll found late last year who said they don’t believe in climate change at all. So the hardcore sceptics are still significantly outnumbered.
But some of those who say we should act now lose their nerve when it comes to any actual plan to do something now.
Take a look at the strongly oppose figures in particular. Overall, they outnumber the strongly support by 3 to 1. And on these figures, no Liberal leader could support a carbon price and survive. Strong Coalition opposers outnumber strong supporters 24 to 1.
There was also a question on compensation. Unsurprisingly, in populist terms there was little support for compensating corporates, though if respondents were told that prices will rise and jobs will be lost without compensation then attitudes might change.
8/1: Newspoll comes in at 53% against a carbon price to 42% in favour.