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2021 U.S. Public Opinion about Nuclear Energy: Report Available

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President, Bisconti Research, Inc.

Ann Stouffer Bisconti, PhD is President of Bisconti Research, Inc. a public opinion and communications research company. Before establishing Bisconti Research in 1996, Dr. Bisconti was Vice...

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Support for Nuclear Energy Grows with Climate Change Concerns

Public discourse on energy and climate increasingly includes nuclear energy, but how has that affected public opinion?  The answer: a lot.  A national public opinion survey in May 2021 found that support for nuclear energy has rebounded, and now Biden and Trump voters support nuclear energy about equally. Trump voters care more about affordable and reliable electricity. Biden voters care more about climate change.  Support is driven by perception of need.  Perception of need is boosted by climate change, recent energy supply problems, and Democratic leadership endorsements. The importance of Democratic leadership endorsements is shown in the Obama bump in 2010 and the Biden bump in 2021. In both cases, the increase in support overall was largely due to change among Democrats. 

 

The survey, with 1,000 nationally representative US adults has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points and was conducted by Bisconti Research, Inc with Quest Global Research Mindshare Online Panel.  The report includes trend data going back 38 years.  The survey results are posted on ANS Nuclear News online at https://www.ans.org/news/article-2974/support-for-nuclear-energy-grows-with-climate-change-concerns/.  The full report and summary are posted at www.bisconti.com.

 

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Jim Stack on Jun 30, 2021

Ann, I think a lot of voters have been green washed by the no carbon message sent for Nuclear. They don't have ALL THE FACTS.  

     You say the Trumpers was low cost power yet Nuclear is the most costly power ever made with the biggest long term subsidies. QUOTE = Trump voters care more about affordable and reliable electricity.

    No one has come up with a safe storage of the waste so it is all stored on site of the reactors. More piles up every year. 

    The uranium is a finite resource with 90% comming from Russia. Transport and refueling is risky business. 

    If the public was given all the facts you would get a different answer. Nuclear is dead. 

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