11 April 2019

North Shore voters had climate change and environment top of mind at state election  

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

More than 37% 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, more than those who nominated “the economy” (32.5%).

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

“About 68% of voters agreed with the statement that we need to replace coal-burning power stations with clean energy and storage.

“After eight years in office, the NSW Coalition still does not have a climate change action plan and NSW lags behind most other states when it comes to renewable energy.

“It is clear from this polling the Liberal’s poor record on climate and environment contributed to the Coalition losing ground in this blue ribbon seat last month.

“The Berejiklian government should listen to the people of North Shore and act to slash our carbon pollution to protect our climate and reduce the risk of more extreme weather, droughts and bushfires.”

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

 

Total

Liberal

Labor

Greens

Independent

Other

Climate change and the environment

37.4%

15.1%

59.7%

85.7%

52.0%

27.1%

Health

5.1%

6.0%

8.1%

0.0%  

2.0%

6.3%

Transport

8.3%

9.9%

4.8%

3.6%

11.0%

6.3%

Education

3.8%

1.7%

8.1%

7.1%

6.0%

4.2%

The economy

32.5%

53.9%

6.5%

3.6%

17.0%

29.2%

Cost of living

6.7%

6.5%

8.1%

0.0% 

4.0%

20.8%

Unsure

6.3%

6.9%

4.8%

0.0%  

8.0%

6.3%

 

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

 

Total

Liberal

Labor

Greens

Independent

Other

A lot

43.8%

17.0%

75.0%

96.4%

61.4%

36.7%

A little

24.2%

32.2%

20.0%

3.6%

26.7%

10.2%

Not at all

31.9%

50.9%

5.0%

0.0%

11.9%

53.1%

 

About the poll

uComms conducted a survey of 698 residents across the NSW State electorate of North Shore 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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