Survey: 67 percent of Sverdlovsk residents approve of nuclear power
According to the survey, which polled 400 area residents, found that 72 percent of respondents were positive regarding nuclear power stations and that 41 percent of those surveyed supported the idea of actively developing nuclear power programs, Ural Business Consulting reports.
The survey also indicated that 31 percent of Sverdlovsk residents want the industry to continue at its current level of development, while five percent said nuclear energy initiatives should be abandoned.
The Beloyarsk Nuclear Power Station--located near the Sverdlovsk town of Zarechny--posted a 62 percent approval rating in the region, with only eight percent expressing negative views of the station, according to Ural Business Consulting.
Of those surveyed, 73 percent said the station's socioeconomic development was important to the region. In total, 64 percent said the expansion of the facility with a new power generating unit would lead to a positive outcome.
Alexei Grazhdankin, the deputy director of Moscow-based polling firm Levada-Center, said the findings of the survey point to the population's growing trust in nuclear energy.
"Any accident at a nuclear power station, especially the latest one in Fukushima in 2011, does undermine this trust to some extent," Grazhdankin said, Ural Business Consulting reports. "However, based on the research findings for 2013, the public opinion has gone back to the earlier assumptions about the nuclear industry. The population now sees nuclear energy as the energy future of its country and sees no other or better alternative to oil and natural gas."
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