By Max Clarke
An annual survey performed by the Office for National Statistics suggests a growing indifference to climate change exacerbated by transport emissions.
The 2010 survey had a 58% response rate and a sample size of 1,011- down from 67% and 1,238 in 2006.
Key findings from the report, which has been published on the Department for Transport website, show that:
Levels of belief in and concern about climate change have been falling since the introduction of the survey module in 2006 and the proportion of adults who were at least ‘fairly concerned’ about climate change has fallen from 81% in 2006 to 70% in 2010.
There was support for more taxes being used to improve public transport (45% net support), which was sustained among those with little or no concern about climate change (27%). Support for this measure was also sustained among those who did not use public transport often (32% for those who used it less than once a year) and those who were very unwilling to use public transport more (17%)
Of the government interventions included in the survey, higher taxes/other charges to encourage people to travel by car less was the only car related measure for which there was net opposition (41% net opposition).
55% of respondents supported higher taxes to try to stop people buying cars with high CO2 emissions, with 26% opposing. When respondents were asked if the sale of such vehicles should be banned, opinions were more divided, with 42% supporting and 39% opposed to a ban.