Besides the question about the nuclear exit and the questions on the willingness to take action on climate change, there were also two questions that were gauging the level of knowledge of the participants regarding climate change and energy. In the survey, it is called the “perception of the evolution of climate indicators”.
The first question was how the participants perceive the evolution of CO2 emissions in Belgium. The correct answer to this question is that Belgian emissions decreased over time and this was also shown in the reportage in the form of a graph:
That should have been a pretty easy question, but the result is pretty surprising.
The choices that the participants were given were:
- Strongly decreased (white bar)
- Decreased (light grey bar)
- Neither decreased nor increased (dark grey bar)
- Increased (green bar)
- Strongly increased (green bar)
Surprisingly, most participants (42%) answered neither decreased nor increased. Even more surprisingly, 36% got it completely wrong (perceived Belgian emissions as increased) and only 22% got it right (perceived Belgian emissions as decreased).
But just have a look at how the voters of the Flemish Green party did. Only 16% gave the correct answer to that question, so 84% got it wrong… More, the group of the Flemish Green party voters did the worst of all other groups.
It does fare a bit better with the second question about how the participants perceive the evolution of alternative energy use in Belgium. Did it decrease, stayed the same or did it increase? The correct answer is that Belgium added quite some solar and wind capacity in the last couple years, so it surely increased. This is the result (the higher the green bars, the more correct):
That question should also be a piece of cake. Nevertheless, 44% of the participants had this completely backwards. The Green party voters did marginally better, “only” 42% had it wrong…
Basically, the average Flemish Green party voters are more pessimistic than warranted by reality and have a rather poor knowledge about the topics they care so much about.