Climate change social research: summary of key findings

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With Sustainability Victoria’s (SV’s) refocus on supporting the community to act on climate change, the need for reliable intelligence on current community attitudes, beliefs, behaviours and expectations of government in the area of climate change was needed to inform policy and program development.

The Climate Change Social Research was conducted on behalf of Sustainability Victoria by Wallis Research, a Victorian-based research company with a strong reputation for expertise in conducting social and government research.

Survey content was developed with input from a range of relevant experts on questionnaire design, climate change and /or behaviour change.

The research was conducted in November and December last year using a CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing) methodology.

A total of 3,333 Victorians took part in the survey. The survey sample was carefully designed and controlled to provide results that can be projected to the broader population with confidence. The survey estimates have a high level of statistical reliability. (At the 95% level of confidence, the margin of error associated with the sample of 3,300 is plus or minus 2.5%.)

Survey data will be used by Sustainability Victoria and actively promoted to other Government Departments and through regional networks to:

  • Inform the development of programs
  • Guide the evolution of policy
  • Provide a baseline against which to measure future changes

This document summaries the key topline findings from the research.

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