A public opinion poll on the subject of nuclear power generation was conducted in mid-to-late September by GfK Roper (conducts the well-known Associated Press poll). A total of 1,031 registered voters in Southern California Edison’s (SCE) service territory were randomly surveyed by telephone. SCE was not identified as the sponsor of the research and the subject of the survey was not disclosed in the respondent screener. A full copy of the survey is available upon request.
After reading a brief statement describing the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
- 85 percent stated that San Onofre is extremely, very or somewhat important to maintaining a reliable supply of electricity for residents and businesses in Southern California.
After reading a brief statement about how operations at San Onofre have been suspended
- 68 percent stated that they are very or somewhat confident San Onofre can be restarted and operated safely.
- 65 percent strongly or somewhat support restarting the reactor if the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission gives their approval after the safety experts of the NRC complete a thorough examination of the plant.
Specific results from the poll include:
• A total of 61 percent indicated that they strongly or somewhat support the continued operation of existing nuclear energy plants as one of the ways to provide electricity for the state of California.
• A majority of respondents expressed positive attitudes toward nuclear energy on four attitudinal statements:
• 68 percent agree that the continued operation of existing nuclear energy plants maintains the diverse energy supply California needs so that we are not overly dependent on any single source of energy.
• 62 percent agree that the continued operation of existing nuclear energy plants will help California energy companies meet the state’s new clean air standards.
• 59 percent agree that nuclear power plants operating in the U.S. are safe and secure.
• 59 percent agree that cleaner air is one of the main benefits of nuclear energy.
• A total of 69 percent of respondents stated that they are aware of the nuclear power plant in Southern California called San Onofre.
• A majority of respondents also expressed positive attitudes toward renewable power and indicated a preference for renewable power.
• 58 percent agree that nuclear power generation in California should be replaced with renewable energy sources such as wind or solar even if it means construction of new transmission lines through communities and neighborhoods, including your own. However, almost 40 percent disagreed.