Opinion on economic benefits delivered by nuclear energy UK 2012 to 2017

This statistic shows whether or not respondents to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Energy and Climate Change Public Attitude Tracking Survey support the idea that nuclear energy generates economic benefits for the United Kingdom (UK) between 2012 and 2017. Levels of support for the statement remain similar across the survey period. In 2012 and 2016, over 40 percent of respondents agreed with the statement in some form, decreasing slightly to 39 percent in 2017.

How much do you agree or disagree that nuclear energy generates economic benefits to the United Kingdom (UK)?*

March 2012March 2013March 2014March 2015March 2016March 2017
Strongly agree13%15%14%14%14%14%
Slightly agree28%29%32%28%28%25%
Neither agree nor disagree36%34%32%36%36%40%
Slightly disagree10%10%9%8%8%10%
Strongly disagree7%8%6%6%6%7%
Don't know6%4%7%7%7%5%
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Release date

May 2017


United Kingdom

Survey time period

March 2012 to March 2017

Number of respondents

2,180 respondents

Age group

Special properties

UK households

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Originally asked as ''I'm now going to ask you for your opinion on a number of issues in relation to nuclear energy. Please tell me how much you agree or disagree with the following statements''.
Percentages may not total 100 percent due to rounding.
-Base 2016 = 2,105 UK households.
-Base 2015 = 1,981 UK households.
-Base 2014 = 2,040 UK households.
-Base 2013 = 2,057 UK households.
-Base 2012 = 2,121 UK households.

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