Insight of the Week: Public Support for a Carbon Tax Is Growing Globally

A majority of the global public – six in ten – favor a carbon tax on energy sources that contribute most to climate change such as coal, oil, and gas, an increase of 10 points from 2015.

Support for taxation that reduces carbon emissions is the highest recorded in nearly 15 years. One in three oppose a carbon tax, especially those with lower levels of income.

This suggests there may be enough public support for government policies that put a price on carbon in many jurisdictions around the world.

Data source: GlobeScan Radar Report 2021 (survey of 30,000 people in the general public in July 2021)