The nuclear industry prides itself on being one of the most transparent, heavily regulated and, most importantly, safe industries in the world. To make sure the public feels the same way, regular surveys take place across the country to gauge public perception.
The latest Nuclear Energy Institute-commissioned national public opinion survey revealed highly favorable responses about nuclear energy. The phone survey of 1,000 respondents was conducted in September 2013 and included questions related to attitudes toward U.S. nuclear energy planning, future electricity requirements and the benefits of nuclear energy.
Below are a few of the findings from this survey:
- 69 percent now favor the use of nuclear energy as one of the ways to produce electricity (up from 65 percent in September 2012 and 62 percent in September 2011)
- 82 percent of Americans feel nuclear energy will play an important role in meeting the country’s future electricity needs
- 84 percent of respondents favor renewing operating licenses for nuclear power plants that continue to meet federal safety standards
- 77 percent believe that nuclear power plants operating in the U.S. are safe and secure – a four percent increase from last February