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.