Nuclear power plants

Oct 29, 2012

Q. Do you support or oppose Australia developing nuclear power plants for the generation of electricity?

 

27 Jan 09

20 Dec 10

21 Mar 11

21 Nov 11

Total

29 Oct 12

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total support

43%

43%

35%

39%

39%

36%

47%

19%

Total oppose

35%

37%

53%

45%

41%

44%

34%

69%

Strongly support

14%

16%

12%

13%

11%

9%

15%

3%

Support

29%

27%

23%

26%

28%

27%

32%

16%

Oppose

21%

21%

21%

22%

20%

22%

18%

28%

Strongly oppose

14%

16%

32%

23%

21%

22%

16%

41%

Don’t know

22%

19%

13%

16%

21%

20%

18%

11%

41% oppose Australia developing nuclear power plants for the generation of electricity and 39% support. This represents a small drop (-4%) in opposition since this question was asked last year.

Those that intend to vote Lib/Nat were more likely to support (47%) than oppose (34%) Australia developing nuclear power plants for the generation of electricity.

There was majority opposition from Greens voters (69% oppose or strongly oppose) while Labor voters were split 36% support/44% oppose.

There is a considerable difference between the attitudes of men and women towards nuclear power plants – 52% of men, compared to just 25% of women support or strongly support Australia developing nuclear power plants for the generation of electricity.

Nuclear Power Plants

Mar 21, 2011

Q. Do you support or oppose Australia developing nuclear power plants for the generation of electricity?

27 Jan 09 20 Dec 10 Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 43% 43% 35% 29% 46% 18%
Total oppose 35% 37% 53% 58% 43% 78%
Strongly support 14% 16% 12% 10% 17% 7%
Support 29% 27% 23% 19% 29% 11%
Oppose 21% 21% 21% 23% 22% 15%
Strongly oppose 14% 16% 32% 35% 21% 63%
Don’t know 22% 19% 13% 13% 11% 5%

53% oppose Australia developing nuclear power plants for the generation of electricity and 35% support. This is a considerable shift in opinion since this question was last asked in December 2010.

Those that intend to vote Lib/Nat were more likely to support (46%) than oppose (43%)  Australia developing nuclear power plants for the generation of electricity.

There was strong opposition from Labor (58% oppose or strongly oppose) and the Greens (78% oppose or strongly oppose).

There is a considerable difference between the attitudes of males and females towards nuclear power plants – 49% of males, compared to just 20% of females support or strongly support Australia developing nuclear power plants for the generation of electricity.

There was also strong support from those aged 65+, with 47% either supporting or strongly supporting Australia developing nuclear power plants for the generation of electricity.

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