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Nuclear Industry Association publishes 2018 public polling

14 March 2019

New research, carried out for the Nuclear Industry Association by YouGov has revealed what the public thinks about nuclear energy.

The 2018 polling data has found that 72% of people support nuclear as part of a low carbon energy mix. In addition, nuclear is seen as the most secure for keeping the lights on, with 35% agreeing it is the most secure, followed by 16% for solar, and 13% for gas and offshore wind respectively.

The 2008 Climate Change Act established a legally binding climate change target aiming to reduce the UK’s emissions by at least 80% by 2050. However, the research showed that 73% of people agreed the government should be doing more to combat carbon emissions.

When asked about small reactors, two in five of those asked agreed that they could play a role in tackling climate change, and 45% agreed they could increase energy security.

The research also showed nuclear is considered the best for job creation and investment, when compared to other energy sources.

Read more on our polling results.