“VOTER dislike of the carbon tax is a knee-jerk response which could be turned around with more information, a new study by the Climate Institute has found.“
And porcine aviators are cleared for takeoff.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been battling to convince voters of the merits of a carbon tax since it was flagged in early 2011.
A Climate Institute study, released today, showed only 28 per cent of voters supported the carbon tax, levied on the top polluters on July 1, with 52 per cent opposed and 20 per cent uncertain.
But when it was explained the tax revenue went to household assistance, business support and renewable energy the figure shifted to 47 per cent in favour, 29 per cent against and 24 per cent uncertain.
Twice as many people (28 per cent) believed Labor had an effective plan to reach the bipartisan target of a 5 per cent emissions cut by 2020 than the Coalition (14 per cent).
With Opposition Leader Tony Abbott vowing to repeal the carbon tax if elected in 2013, 44 per cent of voters believed he would take such action, 30 per cent thought he wouldn’t, and 36 per cent were uncertain.