Dr Michael Wesley … ‘apprehensive’
The majority of Australians oppose government plans to price carbon, new polling reveals.
Sixty-three per cent say they're against the introduction of a fixed price on carbon, leading to an emissions trading scheme.
And 57 per cent say they're in favour of coalition plans to scrap carbon pricing.
The results were revealed the 2012 Lowy Institute Poll released recently.
The survey of 1005 Australian adults, conducted between March 26 and April 10, also showed the majority support temporary skilled migration to fill labour shortages.
The federal government recently announced plans to allow multi-billionaire Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting to import up to 1715 foreign guest workers for her Roy Hill iron ore mine in Western Australia.
But the Lowy poll revealed 62 per cent of Australians support an influx of temporary foreign workers.
Eighty-one per cent were against foreign companies buying Australian farmland, while 56 per cent thought the government was allowing too much Chinese investment in Australia.
Lowy Institute executive director Dr Michael Wesley says the results regarding foreign workers and ownership show Australians are anxious about volatility and exposure to the global economy.
"We're aware that much of the rest of the world looks at Australia as a land of comparative wealth, and we're apprehensive about the possible downsides of that," he said in a statement.
Meanwhile, 70 per cent said overseas demand for Australian resources has helped prevent the nation falling into recession.
And 87 per cent supported Australia's close relationship with America – compared to 63 per cent in 2007.
There was also strong support for last year's announcement that 2500 US marines will be based in Darwin on a rotating basis.