In the third and final part of the Kantar consumer sentiment opinion poll published in the Irish Independent, the public mood is tested on the environment, one of two big issues which have dominated the Government’s agenda from the outset and as it nears its end. The findings show that the public remains conflicted in relation to environmental issues. In short, much work remains to be done to bring the public along in relation to the environment.
The poll shows a strong level of public awareness in relation to environmental concerns. It is heartening to note that three-quarters of people have actively changed their behaviour in relation to their usage of plastics, for example, and a similar level of support for the banning of single-use plastics.
However, there is a notable softening of support for increases to carbon taxes to encourage environmental responsibility, and at best uncertainty as to whether enough is being done in Ireland to reduce carbon emissions in the agriculture sector. More encouragingly, half agree that fossil-fuel powered cars should be phased out by 2030, even if there is scepticism that one million electric cars will be on the road by then.
The poll shows that while there is some good being done by policy formulators in this area, at least in relation to highlighting the issues, there is much that could still be done to convince the public of their personal responsibility in relation to environmental protection.
Source – Irish Independent