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New Jersey Voters Favor New Nuclear by Margin of 2-1

From the wire:
Nearly 9 out of 10 New Jersey voters agree that more needs to be done to increase the state’s electricity supplies and, by a 2 to 1 margin, support the use of nuclear power to meet that need, according to a new poll released today by the New Jersey Affordable, Clean, Reliable Energy Coalition (NJ ACRE).

Although the survey showed a majority believe nuclear power to be safe, reliable, affordable and clean, most had no idea that more than half of the electricity consumed in New Jersey comes from nuclear energy plants, placing the figure instead at only 26 percent.

Speaking today at the New Jersey AFL-CIO conference in Atlantic City, Dr. Edward H. Salmon, chairman of the Coalition and a former president of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, told the assembled union leaders that the poll underscored the need to educate the public to all available clean energy options.

“We believe nuclear energy, with its proven ability to safely produce large amounts of base-load electricity with zero greenhouse gas emissions, must be part of New Jersey’s overall energy master plan – both in terms of meeting our growing demand for electricity and the need to reduce CO2 emissions,” said Dr. Salmon, who called for the re-licensing of Oyster Creek nuclear plant along with increased conservation measures and significant investment in renewable energy sources.
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UPDATE: For the actual poll results, click here (PDF).

Comments

Anonymous said…
Asked in the poll, "Which of the following sources should be developed to meet New Jersey's growing demand for electricity while meeting the state's clean air objectives?"

16% named nuclear. 40% said solar, 23% said wind, 12% said natural gas, other sources smaller percentages.

How does that represent "a 2-to-1 margin" in favor of nuclear for future electricity in the state?
David Bradish said…
If you go to the pdf at the bottom of the post, there is a question that asks "Do you support or oppose the use of nuclear power in New Jersey?" on page 2.

The results are 58% support and 28% oppose. That's how the 2 to 1 margin is derived.
Anonymous said…
Sure, but that wasn't the question asking about new plants. When SPECIFICALLY asked about sources to meet NJ's growing demand, there was NOT a 2-to-1 margin in favor of nuclear; nuclear came in well behind some other sources.

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