Response to poll on public support for Hinkley Point C published by The Times
EDF Energy continuously monitors public opinion towards nuclear energy, our nuclear power stations around the UK, and our nuclear new build project at Hinkley Point C. This research by independent polling company ICM Unlimited continues to indicate stable levels of support for the Hinkley Point C project, as well as existing nuclear power.
A poll published by The Times (29th April 2016 ) on public support for Hinkley Point C only uses results collected on two separate dates, rather than a long term series of polling data. One of the dates chosen by their poll coincides with a particular spike in support for the project that followed the agreement with the UK Government on the Hinkley Point C Contract for Difference in October 2013. More accurate analysis requires multiple polling dates that can take into account short-term changes in support.
Monthly research by ICM Unlimited shows that opposition to the project remains limited, with 15-20% of respondents saying they oppose the project. Meanwhile, over 50% of respondents agree they specifically support the project. By regularly monitoring public opinion, EDF Energy is able to take a long-term view and analyse genuine trends from data collected from around 2,000 people on a monthly basis.
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