U.S. Public Opinion about Nuclear Energy: Current Attitudes and Key Predictors
John Besley, Associate Professor, College of Communications, Michigan State University
The presentation will first provide an overview of publicly available survey results on what Americans think about nuclear energy. A focus will be put on both the most recent results as well as over-time trends. The presentation will then seek to highlight key findings from academic research that has tried to provide an understanding of the key predictors of nuclear energy support. Gaps in our knowledge will also be noted. Overall, the presentation will emphasize that those who want to build support for nuclear energy likely need to see doing so as a long-term process and one that is tied into how people think about science and risk, decision-makers, and the environment.