2021 U.S. Public Opinion about Nuclear Energy: Report Available
- Jun 29, 2021 6:35 pm GMT
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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