Climate policy or economic recovery? Polling shows people want both, and favour investment in green industries
- 28 Mar 2013, 08:00
- Ros Donald and Christian Hunt
When asked whether the government should invest money
in climate change or economic growth, the largest group of
respondents said they would prefer that it treated both as a
priority, according to new polling.
Polling by Opinium for Carbon Brief suggests that the
majority of people believe it is possible for the government to
promote economic growth and tackle climate change at the same time.
41 per cent of those asked believed there was no contradiction
between the two.
That's compared to 19 per cent who believe the
government should invest money into preventing climate change, even
if this means a slower economic recovery. However 31 per cent said
the government should be doing everything it can to promote
economic growth, even if it means tackling climate change is a
Question: Which of the following statements regarding climate
change do you agree with most?
The polling also asked people where the government
should be investing to promote economic growth, to test how they
felt about so-called green industries - like building wind turbines
and installing energy efficiency measures.
57 per cent said the government should invest more in
green industries. This compares with 30 per cent who said these
industries aren't sufficiently developed to warrant government
investment, and the government should focus on non-green
Question: Thinking about 'green' industries, (such as the
building of wind turbines or the installation of loft insulation),
and the current level of investment the UK government is
committing, which of the following statements do you agree with
It's clear that political outlook makes a difference
to how people answer this question. 45 per cent of Conservative
voters said they want to see more investment in green industries,
compared to 63 per cent of Labour and 68 per cent of Lib Dem
Carbon Brief polling
Carbon Brief conducted a poll of over 2,000 people,
asking questions about their attitudes to climate change and energy
policy. We have released the full results today - you can
download our climate polling results
here [PDF] or
here [Excel] and the energy findings here [PDF]
or here [Excel].
The questions are
Here are the tables this blog post is based on: