Nuclear power gains popularity in the UK

More people in the UK are coming round to the benefits of nuclear power and have fewer concerns about the controversial technology, despite the Fukushima disaster, earlier this year. A […]

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By Tom Gibson

More people in the UK are coming round to the benefits of nuclear power and have fewer concerns about the controversial technology, despite the Fukushima disaster, earlier this year.

A study commissioned by the British Science Association has shown that the British public’s attitudes are changing in favour toward nuclear power, although there remains an interesting gender split. 37% of the UK population support the use of nuclear power for producing energy compared to 31% against it. Of these, 53% of men are in favour compared to only 21% of women.

According to the research carried out by consultants Populus, 47% of the UK population was concerned about nuclear power in 2011, down from 59% in 2005, despite, arguably, one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters last year in Japan.

The BSA say that the findings show more people think the benefits of nuclear now outweight the risks; mostly due to an acceptance that we need to tackle energy security issues rather than climate change.

Populus interviewed 2,050 adults between 26 and 29 August.