A new poll finds that the majority of Australians (53%) support banning fossil fuel companies from sponsoring national sports teams, with just 32% opposed. The poll also shows that three in five Australians (60%) agree that fossil fuel sponsorship “is the new advertisement for cigarettes”.
- Three in five Australians (60%) agree that fossil fuel sponsorship is the new cigarette sponsorship, more than double the number who disagree (27%).
- The majority of Australians (53%) agree that fossil fuel companies should be banned from sponsoring national sports teams, compared to 32% who disagree.
- The majority of Australians (57%) agree the Mid-Winter Ball in Parliament should not have accepted sponsorship from fossil fuel companies, compared to one in four (24%) who disagree.
“This research shows that fossil fuel companies are losing their social license to sponsor sports teams and major events in society at large,” said Richie Merzian, director of the Australia Institute’s Climate & Energy program.
“Australians do not accept cigarette sponsorship due to the deadly impact on human health and this research shows that two out of three Australians view fossil fuel sponsorship as the new cigarette sponsorship.
“As gas, coal and oil companies amplify the deadly impact of floods, bushfires and extreme weather events, it is no surprise that these companies lose their social license to sponsor major events. in society at large.”
The Australia Institute is an accredited member of the Australian Polling Council. Survey methodology, lengthy disclosure statement and margin of error for survey questions are included in the report appendix
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