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Cheap Power Matters More to Australians Than Climate Change, Poll Says

  • Voters prioritize lower electricity bills over emission cuts
  • Ruling coalition narrows poll gap with Labor as election nears
General Views of Electricity Pylons In Australia
Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

A new poll shows Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s focus on getting power bills down may be starting to pay dividends. But it also suggests his failure to establish a coherent narrative on tackling climate change could hurt his government at the ballot box.

The Fairfax-Ipsos poll shows 47 percent of Australians think reducing power bills should be the main priority for the country’s energy policy, while 39 percent believe the prime focus should be on cutting carbon emissions.