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As the three parties in government formation negotiations sit down to discuss climate policy in detail, Friends of the Earth has published the results of an opinion poll showing overwhelming public support for greater government action to reduce polluting emissions. The headline findings include 9 out of 10 people saying that the government should be guided by science and expert advice on climate action as they have been on Covid-19.

As the three parties in government formation negotiations sit down to discuss climate policy in detail, Friends of the Earth has published the results of an opinion poll showing overwhelming public support for greater government action to reduce polluting emissions. The headline findings include 9 out of 10 people saying that the government should be guided by science and expert advice on climate action as they have been on Covid-19. And 71% saying the next government will be failing the people of Ireland if they do not act now to combat climate change. The poll was carried out by Opinions Market Research over 7 days up to Monday 18th, on a nationally representative quota sample of 1021 people, with a resulting margin of error of +/- 3.1%.

The key findings of the poll include:

  • 9 in 10 believe Government climate change policies should be guided by science and expert advice, as was the case with Covid-19.
  • Almost two-thirds of adults in Ireland believe that it is important that the government prioritises climate change in the economic recovery plans after Covid-19.
  • There is near-universal support (90%) for government initiatives to support jobs by encouraging home improvements for energy efficiency.
  • 3 out of every 4 citizens in Ireland believe that investment in transport should favour safe walking, cycling and public transport ahead of private cars. It's 79% in cities and suburbs and, strikingly, is still 72% in rural areas.
  • Two-thirds of people living in rural areas believe emissions from agriculture need to be reduced by supporting a move to more sustainable farming. Nationally it's three-quarters.

TD's negotiating the Programme for Government need to know that 71% believe the next government will be failing the people of Ireland if it does not act now to combat climate change.  

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