This report presents the findings of a longitudinal study of Australians from 2010 to 2014, comprised of five national surveys conducted annually in July and August of each year. The surveys formed part of a research program investigating the ways in which Australians think about climate change, and the activities they are undertaking to mitigate or adapt to its impacts. Our goal was to understand the prevalence of different responses Australians have to climate change, including perceptions and opinions about its causes, personal and social attitudes directly and indirectly related to climate change, the climate-relevant behaviours people are engaging in, the types of initiatives people want taken to address the impacts of climate change, and the patterns within and between each of these.
The surveys were administered online using a representative group of respondents from across metropolitan, regional, and rural Australia. Respondents were drawn from a research-only1 panel of 300 000 individuals. The panel used for this survey was administered by the ORU, an online fieldwork company with QSOAP 'Gold Standard' and Global ISO 26362 accreditation.