There is support among voters in the Cowper and Lyne electorates for more government action to tackle climate change, a poll has shown.
The poll, hailed as the biggest and most in-depth survey of Australian voters' attitudes to climate change, was commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation and conducted by YouGov.
It found a majority of voters in every one of the nation's 151 federal electorates believed the federal government should be doing more to tackle climate change.
In the Cowper electorate, 58 per cent said climate was important to their vote, 55 per cent said the government should do more on climate change and 38 per cent supported fossil fuels in the energy mix.
The percentages are similar in the Lyne electorate.
The figures in Lyne revealed 37 per cent supported fossil fuels in the energy mix, 57 per cent said climate was important to their vote and 55 per cent thought the government should do more on climate change.
The poll, which sampled more than 15,000 Australian voters, used a tool which combined census data with polling data to construct an estimate of how issues would play out in specific geographic areas.
Lyne MP Dr David Gillespie said he heard a mix of opinions from constituents on climate change and all opinions were very welcome.
"We are doing a significant amount of work in this area and have met and in fact exceeded our targets," he said.
"I'm a fierce campaigner for businesses and industries in this region - our dairy and beef farmers, our timber industry, our iron and aluminium smelters.
"The way we reduce our carbon emissions should continue to allow our industries to succeed."
He said Australia would continue to meet and beat its emissions reduction targets, with investments in renewables and storage, technology and other practical solutions.
"Last year, Australia had its fastest ever deployment of renewable energy," Dr Gillespie said.
He said tackling climate change was important and the government would continue doing this, while also delivering affordable baseload power to ensure households and industry had reliable supply.
The Port News contacted Cowper MP Pat Conaghan for comment.
National Party member Libby Hopley told The Port News she was in favour of nuclear power but she felt there was a lot of misinformation about that subject.
The Cowper resident believes some kind of baseload power is needed.
"We have to have either nuclear, gas or coal to back-up renewable energy," she said.
"I'm not against renewable energy but you can't rely on it totally."
National Party member Judith Hutchesson believes the government is doing enough to combat climate change.
"They are doing what they can," the Lyne resident said.
She supports coal power as part of the nation's energy mix as well as investigations into nuclear power.
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