Climate of the Nation 2012 aims to benchmark Australian attitudes to climate change, related policies and solutions in mid-2012. It is part of a continuing series of annual reports on the subject.
The report is based on research carried out in late May, a time of highly politicised debate that preceded the start of the carbon laws. This debate has been intensified by issues of honesty in politics and household expense fears. It has been compounded by a global economic slowdown, incorrect perception of international climate inaction and the ending of the Millennium Drought.
In short, this research finds that Australians are sick of the politics and scared about rising costs of living. They are uncertain about the science, unconvinced by carbon pricing solutions, but remain ‘up for grabs’ on both.
How these concerns mix with underlying values, views of prosperity and trust in messengers will determine the climate of the nation in coming months and years.To access the media release click here.
Executive Summary + Key Findings
Foreword by Dr Graeme Pearman
John Connor on ABC AM with Tony Eastley
In-depth case studies with three
Preferred Energy Sources (PDF 60KB)
This factsheet looks at Australians' preferred energy sources.
Demographic Highlights (PDF 51KB)
This factsheet provides some insights into male vs female attitudes and explores differences at how younger and older generations view climate change.
Concern About Impacts of Climate Change (PDF 75KB)
This factsheet looks at regional differences on attitudes towards various impacts.
Responsibilities, Performance and Carbon Pricing (PDF 63KB)
This factsheet looks at who Australians think is responsible for leading action on climate change and how those groups are performing. Political parties' performance is discussed.
Climate of the Nation 2012 - Overview
The Climate Institute's CEO John Connor discusses the report's key findings.
Climate of the Nation 2012 - Polling Review
Stuart Clark of Ipsos Social Research Institute discusses the quantitative (polling) approach and key findings.
Review or download the key findings on SlideShare.
Qualitative + Quantitative Background
Key quantitative questions behind Climate of the Nation 2012, from polling conducted by Ipsos Social Research Institute.
Final qualitative report underpinning Climate of the Nation 2012, conducted by JWS Research.
This project was conducted in partnership with Pacific Hydro. The text contributions by Net Balance and GE are also appreciated.