Climate of the Nation 2012 measures Australian attitudes to climate change, related policies and solutions in mid-2012. A couple of things are clear from the survey according to the Climate Institute: "Australians are sick of the politics and scared about rising costs of living".
Clear also is Australians' passion for solar energy. While solar was among the top three energy options for 81% of respondents, wind was the second most preferred option with 59 per cent and hydro, 44 per cent. Solar power was the most popular energy choice in all states, with the highest number of most preferred votes in Western Australia (88 per cent), followed by South Australia, Queensland and Victoria (each at 82 per cent), and New South Wales (75 per cent). While 28 per cent placed gas within the top three most preferred sources, for 31 per cent it was slung in the three least preferred energy options.
Two-thirds placed coal in their least preferred three, just a whisker more than nuclear at 64 per cent. 76% of respondents stated increasing the amount of renewable energy in Australia's energy mix was the most effective greenhouse gas emission reduction policy. "..Australians' vision for a low-carbon future is one that taps into the nation's abundant renewable energy resource," said John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute. The Climate Institute has conducted comprehensive quantitative and qualitative research into Australian attitudes to climate change and its solutions since 2007.
The latest survey was carried out among 1,131 Australian adults.