Opinion poll shows public support for nuclear new build
ICM has conducted a monthly tracker poll of 2,000 people nationally on behalf of EDF Energy since April 2014.
ICM asked the following question: To what extent do you support or oppose the development of new nuclear power stations in Britain?
The most recent poll, in October 2015, found 47% supported and 22% opposed the development of new nuclear power stations.
The level of support has been consistent throughout the whole time ICM has been conducting the poll, as shown in the attached chart.
We have been in regular dialogue with the communities around the proposed sites for new build at Hinkley Point and Sizewell for many years. Polling demonstrates that the level of support is above the national average in these communities.
Q: To what extent do you support or oppose the development of new nuclear power stations in Britain?
16% strongly support
30% tend to support
13% tend to oppose
9% strongly oppose
6% don’t know
NET Support: 47%
NET Oppose: 22%
For more information contact:EDF Energy Media
Media Relations Team
Notes to editors
Source: Monthly online omnibus run by ICM Unlimited, c. 2,000 GB adults each month. Latest fieldwork 9-11 October 2015, Question wording: To what extent do you support or oppose the development of new nuclear power stations in Britain? | % strongly / tend to support and strongly / tend to oppose shown. Neither support or oppose and don’t know not shown | Tracking started in April 2014
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EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.
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