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New Survey Finds Strong Support For Nuclear Energy Among Pennsylvanians

May 24, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Pennsylvania Energy Alliance today released the results of a new statewide survey that shows a strong majority of Pennsylvanians continue to support the use of nuclear energy.

The poll of 700 Pennsylvania residents found that nearly 9 of 10 respondents believe the use of nuclear power is an important part of meeting the United States’ electricity needs.

“It’s quite apparent that people recognize the benefits of nuclear power as a clean, safe and reliable source of energy,” said PA Energy Alliance Executive Director Melissa Grimm. “The state needs to have a reliable source of electricity, especially now with summer approaching and our energy demands increasing.”

Other notable results from the Susquehanna Polling & Research poll include:

  • 79 percent of respondents agree that nuclear is a reliable source of energy
  • 71 percent of respondents support allowing existing nuclear plants to extend their operating licenses
  • 65 percent agree that nuclear power is a safe method of generating electricity
  • 65 percent support the construction of new nuclear power plants in the state

“This survey clearly shows Pennsylvania’s support for nuclear power and its importance to the future energy needs of the Commonwealth,” said James Lee from Susquehanna Polling & Research. “It’s also interesting to note that for those people who told us they live in close proximity to one of the five nuclear generating facilities in Pennsylvania, 72-percent had a favorable opinion of that facility. The poll tells us that these plants are thought of as ‘good neighbors’ in their communities.”

To view complete poll results, please visit http://paenergyalliance.com/wp-content/file-uploads/March-2012-Poll-Results.pdf.

About the PA Energy Alliance
The Pennsylvania Energy Alliance for Generating Reliable Electricity for our Energy Needs (PA Energy Alliance) seeks to promote nuclear energy as a clean, safe, reliable and affordable source of power to help meet Pennsylvania’s growing demand for electricity. The Alliance is a grassroots coalition that works to increase public awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of nuclear energy and provide a forum through which members can express their support for the continued safe operation of Pennsylvania’s five nuclear energy plants.

*The survey of 700 Pennsylvania adults was conducted in March 2012. It was designed and conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research, Inc. The sample error for the total sample is plus or minus 3.7%. Survey results were generated via a random sample telephone survey.

Morgan Moerder

SOURCE PA Energy Alliance

Source: PR Newswire