Public attitudes to the nuclear to the nuclear industry via Ipsos Mori/Nuclear Industry Association

Published:4 August 2011
Fieldwork:17 – 23 June 2011
Theme:Environment / Climate
Source:Ipsos MORI / Nuclear Industry Association

An extra mid-year opinion survey for the Nuclear Industry Association, conducted in the wake of the Fukushima incident in Japan in March, has shown continued support among the British public for an energy policy that includes nuclear energy as well as renewables.

Sixty-eight percent agree that “Britain needs a mix of energy sources to ensure a reliable supply of electricity, including nuclear power and renewable energy sources” while just 12% disagree.

This is despite a decline in both favourable opinion of the nuclear industry and support for replacement nuclear newbuild since the Fukushima incident. In fact, there remains more favourable opinion than unfavourable opinion (28% compared to 24%) and more support than opposition for newbuild (36% compared to 28%).

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