Guardian Essential poll: most Australians want Morrison to set a higher emissions reduction target

As Liberals and Nationals consider strategy ahead of Cop26 talks, poll suggests nearly 70% of respondents support net zero by 2050

As Scott Morrison’s negotiations with the Nationals over climate policy reach a crunch point, the latest Guardian Essential poll suggests a majority of Australians want the Coalition to set a higher emissions reduction target for 2030 and a net zero target for 2050.

Senior Liberal and Nationals ministers met virtually with Scott Morrison, Barnaby Joyce and senior departmental officials on Monday afternoon to consider potential landing points ahead of the Cop26 talks in Glasgow. The strategy session, which included the leadership group and two other ministers, Angus Taylor and Keith Pitt, followed a meeting of the fractious Nationals party room earlier in the day.

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