The World Forum - April 13th, 2024

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Only two in five support raising taxes to reduce Britain's carbon emissions, but most in favour of hiking cost of air travel

 


In a YouGov poll for Sky News, more than three-quarters (76%) of people say they believe the world's climate is changing as a result of humans. This compares to one in 10 (11%) who agree the world's climate is changing, but disagree it's because of humans.


Only two in five people would support increasing taxes as part of efforts to reduce Britain's carbon emissions - but a majority are in favour of hiking the cost of air travel and banning petrol and diesel cars from city centres, new polling suggests.


In a YouGov poll for Sky News, more than three-quarters of respondents (76%) said they believed the world's climate was changing as a result of human activity.


This compared to one in 10 (11%) who agreed the world's climate was changing but disagreed it was because of human activity, while only 2% said the world's climate was not changing.


More than half (52%) thought the cost of and upheaval caused by climate change, if Britain does not reduce carbon emissions, would be worse than the cost and upheaval required to reduce the country's carbon emissions. This compared to 23% who thought the opposite and 25% who weren't sure.

However, despite an overwhelming majority accepting man-made climate change, those who responded to the survey were split over how the issue should be tackled.


Two in five (40%) said they would support taxes being increased to help pay the costs of reducing Britain's carbon emissions, with a greater proportion (44%) opposed.


There was majority support for increasing the cost of air travel (59% in support compared to 32% opposed), as well for banning petrol and diesel cars from city centres from 2030 (54% in support, 37% opposed).

But most respondents did not support increasing the cost of gas and electricity (78% opposed, 14% in support), increasing the cost of petrol or diesel (60% opposed, 32% in support), or increasing the cost of meat and dairy products (61% opposed, 31% in support).


One in five (22%) said they were most likely to purchase an electric car when they next buy a car, compared to 17% who said they would buy a petrol car and 7% who said they would buy a diesel car.


Two-thirds (66%) who said they would buy a petrol or diesel car said this was, among other reasons, because an electric car would be too expensive.


https://news.sky.com/story/only-two-in-five-support-raising-taxes-to-reduce-britains-carbon-emissions-but-most-in-favour-of-hiking-cost-of-air-travel-sky-news-poll-12466118

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