Essential Report

Support for nuclear energy in Australia

Sep 28, 2021

Q. To what extent do you support or oppose Australia developing nuclear power plants for the generation of electricity?

Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Strongly support 20% 29% 10% 14% 19% 25% 16% 30% 12% 20%
Somewhat support 30% 30% 30% 33% 27% 31% 26% 35% 26% 27%
Somewhat oppose 15% 14% 16% 19% 14% 13% 19% 12% 13% 13%
Strongly oppose 17% 16% 17% 14% 21% 16% 20% 8% 37% 24%
Unsure 18% 10% 27% 21% 18% 16% 19% 15% 11% 15%
TOTAL: Support 50% 59% 41% 47% 47% 55% 42% 65% 38% 47%
TOTAL: Oppose 32% 31% 33% 32% 35% 28% 39% 20% 50% 37%
Base (n) 1,094 539 555 341 368 385 366 397 101 130
  • Half of Australians say they would support Australia developing nuclear power-plants, but a third would oppose. The issue is divisive, with similar proportion of people strongly supporting (20%) and strongly opposing (17%) nuclear power in Australia.
  • Support for nuclear power is highest among men (59%), those aged over 55 (55%) and Coalition voters (65%).

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