EDF poll shows support for nuclear in UK

27 May 2010

An annual poll carried out on behalf of EDF Energy shows nearly two thirds of voters (64%) agree that nuclear power is needed as part of a balanced energy source for the UK. The poll of 4300 people also revealed strong support among voters of all three major political parties, including the Liberal Democrats.

Despite the party’s anti-nuclear credentials, nearly three out of every five Liberal Democrat voters (58%) believe nuclear energy needs to be part of the future energy balance, compared with just 15% opposed. That compares with the support of 74% of Conservative voters and 64% of Labour voters.

There is also support across the political spectrum to reform planning regulations to build new nuclear stations, with 48% agreeing and 18% disagreeing. Among Liberal Democrat voters 42% agree planning regulations should be changed to make it easier to build nuclear power stations on the same sites as old ones. Only 25% disagree.

Responding to the poll’s findings, EDF Energy chief executive, Vincent de Rivaz, said:

“Our latest poll recognises the scale of the energy challenges facing the UK and the need for a low-carbon, eco-friendly economy as outlined by the Coalition Government. It is vital these issues are addressed. EDF Energy remains resolute in its commitment to a truly sustainable economy.

“We are pleased to see strong public support across voters from all three major political parties in favour of new nuclear build.”

The annual EDF Energy/YouGov energy policy opinion poll is one of the largest polls of its kind. Polling was completed between 10 and 13 May 2010, immediately after the General Election.

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