Essential Report

Nuclear power

Nov 7, 2012

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

 

Total agree

Total disagree

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

Don’t know

Nuclear power is a good way to reduce greenhouse emissions

40%

35%

10%

30%

19%

16%

25%

We should develop renewable energy options before nuclear

77%

11%

41%

36%

8%

3%

12%

Nuclear power is too risky because of the risk of serious accidents

62%

27%

28%

34%

20%

7%

12%

Nuclear power isn’t worth it because of the need to manage radioactive waste

63%

22%

32%

31%

17%

5%

15%

Establishing a nuclear industry would be too expensive

42%

29%

17%

25%

23%

6%

29%

We have our own uranium supplies so it’s logical we should develop nuclear power.

37%

40%

9%

28%

22%

18%

23%

There was strong majority agreement with the statements  “We should develop renewable energy options before nuclear” (77%), “Nuclear power isn’t worth it because of the need to manage radioactive waste “ (63%) and “Nuclear power is too risky because of the risk of serious accidents “ (62%).

However, respondents were approximately evenly split over “Nuclear power is a good way to reduce greenhouse emissions” (40% agree/35% disagree) and “We have our own uranium supplies so it’s logical we should develop nuclear power” (37%/40%).

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