11 April 2019

Poll: Climate change and environment lead concern in Lismore vote

“Climate change and the environment” had more influence on voting patterns in the swing seat of Lismore than any other issue at the state election last month, independent post-election polling has found.

About 38% of voters surveyed in the week after the March 23 election said “climate change and the environment” was the most important issue when deciding who to vote for, almost double those who nominated “the economy” (19.8%).

“Climate change and energy were huge issues for voters in Lismore at last month’s election,” Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski said.

“It is clear from this polling the Nationals appalling record on climate and environment, and the record of the Berejiklian government more generally, contributed significantly to the Coalition losing this seat.

“These results give the new Labor MP Janelle Saffin a strong mandate to demand action on climate change from the government and for greater protections for nature.

“Deforestation and saving the koala was also a prominent issue, with two thirds of voters (68.4%) saying it influenced their vote.

“The Berejiklian government should listen to the people of Lismore and act to save the koala and reduce the risk of more extreme weather, droughts and bushfires by cutting the state’s carbon pollution.”

Question: Which of the following issues is most important to you when deciding who to vote for

 

Total

Nationals

Labor

Greens

Independent

Other

Climate change and the environment

38.0%

8.1%

45.8%

85.4%

16.7%

25.0%

Health

15.4%

19.4%

23.5%

1.5%

13.3%

9.4%

Transport

3.5%

5.9%

2.0%

1.5%

6.7%

3.1%

Education

3.5%

1.8%

7.2%

0.0%

16.7%

0.0%

The economy

19.8%

43.2%

3.9%

2.2%

16.7%

9.4%

Cost of living

16.3%

18.9%

16.3%

5.8%

26.7%

31.3%

Unsure

3.5%

2.7%

1.3%

3.6%

3.3%

21.9%

 

Question: How much did the issue of climate change and clean energy influence your vote?

 

Total

Nationals

Labor

Greens

Independent

Other

A lot

49.7%

14.5%

71.2%

92.6%

33.3%

25.0%

A little

21.5%

30.3%

21.6%

5.1%

23.3%

28.1%

Not at all

28.8%

55.2%

7.2%

2.2%

43.3%

46.9%

 

Question: How much did the issues of deforestation and koala conservation influence your vote?

 

Total

Nationals

Labor

Greens

Independent

Other

A lot

42.0%

13.1%

54.2%

82.5%

26.7%

25.0%

A little

26.4%

29.9%

32.0%

13.9%

30.0%

25.0%

Not at all

31.6%

57.0%

13.7%

3.6%

43.3%

50.0%

 

 

About the poll

uComms conducted a survey of 673 residents across the NSW State electorate of Lismore during the night of 28 March 2019. At the beginning of the survey a filter question was asked if the respondent voted in the 2019 NSW State election. Only respondents who selected ‘Yes’ were asked to participate in the survey.

 

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