What Australians think of Adani’s Carmichael project

A Roy Morgan snap survey poll representing the views of 1547 adult Australians has found that a majority believe that the Adani thermal mine project in Carmichael — north of the Galilee Basin in Queensland — should not go ahead.

Overall, 53.5 per cent of respondents believed the mine should not go ahead, while 16 per cent were positive about the mine and 30.5 per cent either hadn’t heard of or otherwise were indifferent to the mine. Of the respondents who had heard of the mine, an overwhelming majority of 77 per cent were against the mine.

A breakdown of respondents’ voting preferences shows that the strongest support for the mine (though still in the minority) came from National Party and Liberal Party supporters, at 29.5 and 26 per cent approval respectively, while perhaps unsurprisingly the strongest dismissal came from Green supporters, of whom only 5 per cent expressed approval.

More than twice as many men than women approved of the mine, at 22 per cent and 10 per cent respectively, as did twice as many in the 35-64 age group than 18-34 age group, at 18 per cent and 9.5 per cent, respectively.

Overall though, the figures suggest notable public distaste surrounding the high-profile project, which has seen particular opprobrium from environmentalists (the project is located near the Great Barrier Reef) and critics of Adani, who have called the company out over allegations of corruption and poor project handling.

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